Semirara Mining halts export shipment

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The Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC), the country’s biggest coal producer, on Wednesday announced the suspension of its export shipment.

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The move, according to SMPC, is in response to the directive of the Department of Energy (DOE) to prioritize the requirements of domestic coal consumers.

This is amid pending investigation of the DOE on the cause of the landslide at North Panian, Antique last July 17.

SMPC said it has already notified its foreign customers that it could not schedule further shipments because of the suspension of its mining operations.

“Effective today, we are suspending our coal export shipment in response to the directive of the DOE to prioritize the requirements of domestic coal consumers,” SMPC said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Semirara said it has also advised DOE of these developments.

The Energy Department immediately suspended the operations of Semirara Antique after its open pit coal mine collapsed leaving at least nine workers dead.

An investigation panel was formed by the DOE to look into the cause of the incident.

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