Pribbenow Mine

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This article is part of the Global Coal Mine Tracker, a project of Global Energy Monitor and the Center for Media and Democracy.

Pribbenow Mine or Mina Pribbenow (also known as La Loma Mine)[1] is an open-pit coal mine located in the Cesar Coal Basin near La Loma, Colombia.[2][3]


The satellite photo below shows the location of Pribbenow Mine, located in northern Columbia in the Cesar Coal Basin near La Loma, near the town of La Loma and the village of La Jagua de Ibirico.[2][3][4]

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Mina Pribbenow is owned by Drummond Ltd, a subsidiary of Alabama (United States) based Drummond International LLC.[5] Alongside El Descanso, Pribbenow is a part of Drummonds’ Columbian coal mine operation. Coal from Pribbenow 193 kilometers (120 miles) by railcar on the renovated portion of the Colombian National Railroad System to Puerto Drummond on the northern coast for export.[4]

2013 Coal Spill

After "continuously fail[ing] to retool its operations" per a Colombian government mandate, Drummond was forced to pay a $3.6 million fine, according to In These Times. In 2013, a ship carrying coal at Puerto Drummond overturned spilling hundreds of tons of coal into the water.[6] As a result, the Colombian government suspending Drummond's export license for nearly a month and implementing a new regulation requiring direct ship loading as at 1 January 2014.[4]

Drummond blamed the spill in part on construction delays tied to a 2013 mine-workers strike. According to In These Times, "the unrest that led to that labor action arguably stems from the same situation environmentalists blame for the dumping: the notorious impunity of many multinationals in the Global South, particularly in the energy sectors, which exploit poor countries' resources and workers to feed carbon-burning industries abroad."[6]

Investigation into Deaths of Union Leaders

According to the New York Times in 2002, Drummond has been "accused of encouraging the assassination of three union leaders at its giant coal mine in Colombia Drummond has been investigated over accusations it paid local paramilitary groups to kill union leaders.[7][8]

2019 20-year Contract

In January 2019, the national mining agency of Colombia announced that it had extended Drummond’s license to operate its La Loma mine for an additional 20 years.[9]

Project Details

  • Owner: Drummond Ltd (DLTD)[3]
  • Parent company: Drummond International LLC[5]
  • Location: Cesar Coal Basin between La Loma and and La Jagua de Ibirico.[2][3][4]
  • GPS coordinates: 9.567351, -73.500957
  • Mine status: Operating[2]
  • Start year: "early 1990s"[1]
  • Mineable reserves: 561.2 million tonnes[3]
  • Coal type: bituminous[4]
  • Mine size: 6,600 hectares[1]
  • Mine type: Surface
  • Production: 26 million tonnes[3]
  • Additional proposed production:
  • Equipment: 21 diesel-fueled generator (Caterpillar® 3516 and 3516B), 21 apron feeders, Marion 8750 Dragline, 145 793B, 793C and 793D Cat trucks, Caterpillar Customer Communication system and Allan Bradley RS Logix 500, KRUPP Conveyor System Spreaders[3]
  • Number of employees:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jack Kimball, Jackie Cowhig, and David Gregorio FACTBOX-Coal miner Drummond's operations in Colombia AP News Oct. 4, 2010
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Drummond Ltd. Colombia mines organizational website, accessed Nov. 10, 2019
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Viewpoint Mining Magazine Power — a driving force at Drummond’s Mina Pribbenow Viewpoint Mining Magazine accessed Nov 10, 2019
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Wood Mackenzie Pribeenow Coal Mine Asset Report Summary, accessed Nov. 10, 2019
  5. 5.0 5.1 Drummond Ltd 2017 Annual report corporate document, accessed Nov. 8, 2019
  6. 6.0 6.1 Michelle Chen Coal Spill Puts Spotlight on Colombia’s Labor and Environmental Struggles In These Times Jan 24, 2014
  7. bnamericas Drummond scraps plans to sell Colombia coal mine bnamericas, Nov 8, 2018
  8. Steven Greenhouse Alabama Coal Giant Is Sued Over 3 Killings in Colombia New York Times March 22, 2002
  9. Julia Cobb Colombia extends Drummond contract on coal mine for 20 years Reuters, Jan 20, 2019

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