BRUMADINHO, Brazil (Reuters) – Vale SA, the world’s largest iron ore miner, vowed to sacrifice production for safety to avoid another instance of the tailings dam failures that have tarred its legacy – a move that sent metal prices and shares of rivals soaring.
Chief Executive Fabio Schvartsman vowed to take up to 10 percent of Vale’s output offline to decommission 10 dams similar to the one that burst on Friday in the town of Brumadinho, leaving hundreds missing and presumed dead.
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The dramatic move by Vale was an effort to preempt tough questions about its safety record, as the Friday disaster at the Corrego do Feijao mine – where the death toll has reach at least 84 people – came just over three years after a similar dam burst at the nearby Samarco mine it co-owns with BHP.
Vale’s plan to cut output was expected to cost 5 billion reais ($1.3 billion) over the next three years, and involved suspending operations at mines producing some 40 million tonnes of iron ore and 11 million tonnes of pellets per year, Schvartsman told journalists...
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