April 3, 2018 / 7:01 AM / a year ago

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

FILE PHOTO: The AngloAmerican logo is seen in Rusternburg, South Africa, October 5, 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo

(Reuters) - Anglo American Plc (AAL.L) 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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