Cerrejon is a world class asset with resources and reserves for a long-life mining operation. The integrated operation (mine, railroad and port) and robust infrastructure and logistics capacity provides a competitive advantage that has enabled Cerrejón to become a key player in the thermal coal global market.
BHP has a one-third interest in Cerrejón. The company maintains a key focus on HSEC standards and continuous improvement, leveraging Shareholders know-how and best practices.
Cerrejón is one of the largest surface mining operations in the world and mines high quality thermal coal for the export market. It moves 550 million tons of material a year, by 100% truck and shovel equipment, utilising in excess of 300 trucks, and employs more than 12,000 employees and contractors.
Together with the other shareholders, BHP is committed to supporting Cerrejón to be a high performance Operation, consistent with best industry practices and standards. In order to do so, BHP has a dedicated team supported by relevant subject matter experts who play an active role on the Cerrejón Board and the various joint venture committees.
Key areas of focus include, achieving and sustaining good practice for community and environmental performance and supporting an organisational culture of integrity and accountability underpinned by an effective risk management.
The sheep-goat program was initiated through Fundación Cerrejón several years ago; communities are supported with training in the areas of animal health, as well as we sharing and exchanging knowledge with the Wayuu.
Cerrejón is focused on stability of throughput with current installed capacity and securing the necessary permits to access ore reserves.