Vale on Brucutu operations


Vale on Brucutu operations

Rio de Janeiro, May 06th, 2019 – Vale S.A. (“Vale”) informs that it was summoned today based on the monocratic decision by the Minas Gerais Court of Justice (Tribunal de Justiça do Estado de Minas Gerais - “TJMG”) suspending the effects of the ruling by the Lower Public Treasury Court of Belo Horizonte (1ª Vara da Fazenda Pública e Autarquias da Comarca de Belo Horizonte), within the scope of the public civil action n° 5013909-51.2019.8.13.0024, filed by Public Prosecution Office of the State of Minas Gerais on March 18th, 2019, that had authorized the resumption of activities at the Laranjeiras tailings dam and the Brucutu mine. Consequently, wet processing operations at Brucutu were stopped following the above mentioned TJMG decision. 

Vale reiterates that the Laranjeiras dam and all the other geotechnical structures of Brucutu have valid Declaration of Stability (DCE) issued by external auditors in March 2019, and is taking the appropriate measures related to the decision. 

Vale reaffirms its 2019 iron ore and pellets sales guidance of 307-332 Mt, as previously announced, and informs that its current sales volume expectation is currently between the bottom and the middle of the range. 


For further information, please contact:

Andre Figueiredo:
Andre Werner:
Mariana Rocha:
Samir Bassil:

This press release may include statements that present Vale’s expectations about future events or results. All statements, when based upon expectations about the future, involve various risks and uncertainties. Vale cannot guarantee that such statements will prove correct. These risks and uncertainties include factors related to the following: (a) the countries where we operate, especially Brazil and Canada; (b) the global economy; (c) the capital markets; (d) the mining and metals prices and their dependence on global industrial production, which is cyclical by nature; and (e) global competition in the markets in which Vale operates. To obtain further information on factors that may lead to results different from those forecast by Vale, please consult the reports Vale files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Brazilian Comissão de Valores Mobiliários (CVM), and the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), and in particular the factors discussed under “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in Vale’s annual report on Form 20-F.


Vale on Brucutu operations