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Colombia Court Lifts Coal Rail Ban, Aiding Glencore Exports

  • Fenoco railway used by Drummond, Murray Energy, Glencore
  • Ban implemented February, transportation to resume Thursday

A court in northern Colombia has ordered an end to a nighttime transport ban on the country’s main railway, enabling companies including Glencore Plc, Drummond Co. and Murray Energy Corp. to increase coal exports to Europe.

Transport restrictions between 10:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. on the Fenoco railway around the town of Bosconia in northern Colombia must now be lifted, according to the decision sent by e-mail and dated Nov. 25. Implemented in February, the restrictions cut transport capacity by at least 25 percent, or about 15 million metric tons of coal on an annualized basis, operator Fenoco said at the time.