Anglo needs 90 days to inspect leak at Brazil iron ore operations

Anglo hasn’t been deterred by recent political turmoil in Peru, which culminated in March with the resignation of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. (Image courtesy of Anglo American.)

April 3 (Reuters) – Anglo American Plc will need about 90 days to inspect a pipeline at its suspended Minas-Rio iron ore operation in Brazil, it said on Tuesday, after the country’s environmental regulators ordered the miner to halt operations following a leak.

Anglo halted operations after a leak was discovered on March 29 on a pipeline which carries iron ore in slurry form from the mine to an export terminal.

It said the leak of non-hazardous iron ore slurry was stopped within eight minutes and caused no disruption to local water supply.

The company said there were no injuries.

A previous leak prompted Anglo to suspend operations from March 12 to 27 at Minas-Rio, which transports iron ore from the company’s mine and processing facility in the state of Minas Gerais to a port in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

(Reporting by Arathy S Nair in Bengaluru; editing by Jason Neely)

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