Samarco

Brazil

The BHP Group first arrived in Brazil in the 70’s, contributing to the first steps of the aluminum industry in the country. Despite never having operated in Brazil, the group owned shares in different companies until fully withdrawing from the aluminum business in 2015 with the demerger of South32.

Since 1984, we hold a 50% interest in Samarco, a non-operated joint venture in Brazil. The company employs around 11,600 people directly and indirectly and produces iron ore pellets through its operating units in Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo states.

Following the Fundão dam failure in 2015, Samarco has resumed its operations with a strong focus on safety and sustainability. A new filtration system was implemented, enabling the company to operate without the use of dams. 80% of the generated tailings are now dry stacked, with the rest deposited in a confined rocky pit.

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