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Vale Suspend Temporarily Disposal of Tailings at Laranjeiras Dam in Brucutu Iron Ore Mine

Mining News - Published on Tue, 03 Dec 2019

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Vale has taken the decision to suspend temporarily the disposal of tailings at the Laranjeiras dam, originated at the Brucutu mine, while assessing the dam's geotechnical characteristics. Vale said “During the shutdown, the dam will have the Level 1 emergency protocol adopted, which does not require the evacuation of the downstream population, according to the National Mining Agency. The Laranjeiras dam had its Statement of Condition of Stability issued on September 30th, 2019, which remains valid. During the period of stoppage of tailings disposal, estimated at 1 and 2 months, the Brucutu plant will operate with around 40% of its capacity through wet processing with tailings filtration and dry stacking, being the impact of the temporary halting estimated at 1.5 million of tonnes of iron ore per month, approximately.”

Vale added “The temporary stoppage does not lead to changes in Vale's iron ore and pellet sales guidance, which remains, in 2019 and in 4Q19, between 307-312 million tonnes and between 83-88 million tonnes, respectively. Nonetheless, for the 1Q19, production and sales are expected to range between 68-73 million tonnes, due to weather-related seasonality, the gradual and safe return of operations and in line with the margin over volume strategy.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 03 Dec 2019
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