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Colombia Lowers Coal Output Projection to 94 Million Tons

The Colombian government has lowered its projections for coal production this year as a labor strike and environmental problems are hurting output at one of the world's top coal exporters.Javier Garcia, a director at the Ministry of Mining, said Thursday that Colombia's coal output target for 2013 now stands at 94 million metric tons, below the government's initial estimate of 97 million tons.The Colombian government in recent years has been forced to reduce its coal production targets. Initially the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos, who took office in 2010, projected that coal output in 2013 would reach 110 million metric tons and in 2014 output would stand at 114 million metric tons.But a series of labor strikes have led to a decline output. Additionally, some of the country's largest producers have faced delays in receiving the necessary environmental permits to expand production.Mr. Garcia said that a monthlong strike in February at Cerrejon, the country's largest coa...

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