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.
The Germano dam pit decommissioning was completed and approved by the State Authority. Main dam decommissioning is advanced and on track for completion by FY29.
The Renova Foundation was established to implement remediation and compensation programs, aiding in addressing the impacts of the Samarcos Fundão Dam failure.
Our team in Brazil has always been and remains committed to supporting the work of the Renova Foundation, and assisting in the full and fair reparation to the people and environment impacted by the failure.
The Renova Foundation operates 42 programs, covering the focus areas of people and community; land and water; and reconstruction and infrastructure. The preparation and execution of the programs are based on the involvement of communities at all stages, with each program undergoing regular monitoring and independent external audits. This ensures the transparency, validity and progress of each program.
To date, Renova has made real progress in repairing and compensating for Samarco’s Fundão dam failure.
Discover a new Samarco
The company resumed operations differently, using new technologies.
A new filtration system allows for the dry stacking of 80% of the generated tailings, with the rest deposited in a confined pit. Visit the website to find out more about Samarco's restart.