Colombian coal miner Carboandes expects to receive this week the environmental license needed to carry out mining in an area in Boyacá department's Rondón municipality, general manager María Victoria Saade told BNamericas.
"[Departmental environmental regulator] Corpoboyacá told us that they would respond to our request for permits during the first week in March and we are waiting to hear from them," she said.
According to Saade, the studies and exploration the company has carried out in the zone have been done with utmost care and responsibility for geological, social and environmental concerns, and she is optimistic the permit will be approved.
She also said that during the first stage of the project the company would carry out small scale open-pit operations but the majority of the project would involve underground mining.
Carboandes has more than 20 years experience in the open-pit mining industry. It describes itself as a company involved in many different parts of the production chain, from exploration to production to the marketing of coal and other minerals, and also as a part of the agro-industrial sector that is sensitive to environmental and social concerns.
The company is also developing the Simacota, Valledupar and Santa Lucía projects.