Vale about agreement with BHP and Samarco regarding the use of Timbopeba pit by Samarco

12/20/2016

Vale about agreement with BHP and Samarco regarding the use of Timbopeba pit by Samarco

​​Rio de Janeiro, December 20, 2016 – Vale S.A. (Vale) informs that it agreed with BHP Billiton Brasil Ltda. (BHP) and Samarco Mineração S/A (Samarco) a non-binding term sheet outlining the general terms and conditions for the use of Vale’s Timbopeba pit by Samarco to deposit its tailings, should Samarco restart. Vale would transfer the Timbopeba pit to Samarco and, as compensation, Samarco would supply to Vale an amount of non-processed ore (Run-of-Mine – ROM) for a certain period. 

A definitive agreement remains subject to a successful commercial negotiation, due diligence and relevant government approvals. These processes are likely to occur during 2017. 

After obtaining the required environmental licenses, Samarco is expected to temporarily deposit its tailings in its own pit, Alegria Sul, for a period of 2 to 3 years of operations. The use of the Timbopeba pit may allow Samarco to operate for up several years without new tailings structure.

 

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For further information, please contact:

Vale.RI@vale.com
Ivan Fadel: ivan.fadel@vale.com
Andre Werner: andre.werner@vale.com
Mariana Rocha: mariana.rocha@vale.com
Samir Bassil: samir.bassil@vale.com

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Vale about agreement with BHP and Samarco regarding the use of Timbopeba pit by Samarco