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Samarco’s preliminary licenses


Samarco has obtained preliminary and installation licenses to use the Alegria Sul caves to deposit tailings, as part of the process to resume iron ore pelletizing operations in Brazil’s southeastern Minas Gerais state. However, Samarco told Metal Bulletin there is no estimated time for the resumption of pellet production.

“To resume operations, Samarco also depends on [gaining an] operating license [for the cave] and the conclusion of the corrective operational licensing of the Germano [mining] complex in [the cities] of Mariana and Ouro Preto,” it added.

Samarco, a 50:50 joint venture between Vale and BHP, was forced to shut down its pelletizing activities in November 2015, following the collapse of its Fundão tailings dam at Germano.

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