Vale to suspend temporarily disposal of tailings at Laranjeiras dam
Vale said it 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. 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, Vale added. The Laranjeiras dam had its Statement of Condition of Stability issued on September 30, which remains valid. During the period of stoppage of tailings disposal, estimated at one and two 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 tons of iron ore per month, approximately. The temporary stoppage does not lead to changes in Vale's iron ore and pellet sales guidance, which remains, in 2019 and in Q4, between 307-312 million tons and between 83-88 million tons, respectively. Nonetheless, for the Q1, production and sales are expected to range between 68-73 million tons, due to weather-related seasonality, the gradual and safe return of operations and in line with the margin over volume strategy, Vale said. Additionally, Vale informs that it will file again, in due course, the item 11 of its Reference Form, in the period required by the Instruction CVM number 480 of December 7, 2009, as amended.