January 9, 2017 / 9:39 PM / 10 months ago

Brazil's Samarco requests extension for dam disaster guarantee

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian miner Samarco and its shareholders Vale SA and BHP Billiton have requested to extend until Jan. 19 a deadline to pay 1.2 billion reais ($375.39 million) in guarantees related to the collapse of a tailings dam in 2015, Vale said in a statement on Monday.

A cupboard is pictured in debris in Bento Rodrigues district, which was covered with mud after a dam owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd burst, in Mariana, Brazil, November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

The payment was meant to be made to a court in Minas Gerais state by Monday.

($1 = 3.1967 reais)

Reporting by Stephen Eisenhammer; editing by Diane Craft

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