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Samarco

We hold a 50% interest in Samarco, a non-operated joint venture in Brazil. The company employs 9,450 people directly and indirectly and produces iron ore pellets through its operating units in Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo states.

Samarco has its own integrated logistics, which includes mines, concentrators and pelletizing plants for the processing of iron ore, with pipelines that connect the two operating units and a port terminal for the export of production.

After the stoppage caused by the Fundão dam failure in 2015, Samarco resumed its operations in a different, more sustainable way, with new technologies and improved safety systems. The restart is gradual - since December 2020, the company has been operating with 26% of its production capacity.

Samarco at a glance

A new filtration system was implemented to enable the company to operate without the use of dams, with 80% of the generated tailings being dry stacked and the rest deposited in a confined rocky pit. In addition, the Germano dam and pit, which have been deactivated since 2015, are going through a decommissioning process, in line with new Brazilian legislation.
7.87 MT7.87 MT of pellets produced in 2021.
79Shipments to internal and external markets
USD$200mUSD$200M was generated in tax income

Reparation actions

The 42 programs run by the Renova Foundation are divided into three thematic axes: 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, and rely on constant monitoring and independent external audits to transparently validate each program’s progress.
USD$3.3bUSD$3.3n disbursed in remediation and compensation actions until September 2021.
USD$1.41bUSD$1.41b paid in compensation and emergency financial aid.
359,000359,000 impacted people received indemnification.

Repair data

An overview of the Renova Foundation, its programs, as well as details on delivery across all themes and information on progress.

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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 and the rest is deposited in a confined pit. Visit the website to find out more about Samarco's restart.