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Accountability: Our integrated coal handling infrastructure – mine-rail-port

Open-pit mining is a meticulously planned operation. It starts with the cleaning of the surface and is followed by the careful removal of the topsoil layer, which is then stored for future rehabilitation of expended pits. In the first ten years of mining, 100 million metric tonnes had been extracted and exported; the Extended West Pit then yielded a further 200 million tonnes before undergoing rehabilitation.

This rehabilitation process, which started over 20 years ago, continues today: to date, over 1.2 million trees have been planted – an environmentally responsible initiative which has gained international recognition and received awards from the British Embassy, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Colombian Ministry of the Environment, Housing and Territorial Development.

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