Colombian coal miner Cerrejon’s production jumped 89% last year to 23.4 million metric tons (mt), the company said, recovering from the hit from a three-month strike and the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

Cerrejon was fully bought by top global miner and trader Glencore last year, as the Swiss-based company snapped up the 66% of Cerrejon shares it did not yet own from rivals BHP Group and Anglo American.

“2021 was a year of recovery, where the priority was the health and safety of our collaborators,” Cerrejon CEO Claudia Bejarano said. “2022 has begun with the acquisition of Cerrejon on the part of Glencore, which is a demonstration of confidence in us and the country.”

Colombia is a major global exporter of coal and royalties and taxes from the fuel are a top contributor to government coffers.

The government has not yet published official mining output figures for last year, but the energy minister has predicted coal output will have recovered 20% from the year before. 

The private Colombian Mining Association has said coal production rose to 59.6 million mt in 2021, up from 49.3 million mt the prior year.