JOHANNESBURG - Anglo American said on Friday operations had resumed at its Minas-Rio iron ore operation in Brazil following an extensive technical inspection of the 529 km pipeline that carries the iron ore from the mine to the port, pre-emptive repairs and regulatory approvals.
"The inspection of the entire pipeline by specialist pipeline inspection devices and the analysis of the collected data by expert teams drawn from Brazil and internationally, confirmed the pipeline’s integrity," Anglo American said.
The company said it had pre-emptively replaced a 4 km stretch of pipeline where the two leaks of non-hazardous material had occurred, as well as a small number of individual sections of pipe where the analysis detected minor anomalies below the normal threshold for intervention.
"The protection of the natural environment surrounding local communities and the overall integrity of the pipeline have formed the focus of our work to restart Minas-Rio and meet our obligations to our host communities, employees, customers and other stakeholders," CEO Mark Cutifani said.
"The extensive analysis confirmed the sound condition of the pipeline and we have taken a number of preventative measures to provide additional reassurance for the long term."