Vale has updated the market on the steps and policies it is taking to safeguard its employees, businesses and communities surrounding its operations from the threats that are being posed by the COVID-19 outbreak, and on the consequences of such measures.
On 16 March, the company took the decision to ramp down its Voisey's Bay mining operation and place it on care and maintenance for a period of four weeks, as a precaution to help protect the health and wellbeing of Nunatsiavut and Innu indigenous communities in Labrador in face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although none of the company’s employees have tested positive for coronavirus at any of its global operations, the company has taken this preventive action because of the unique remoteness of that area, with fly-in and fly-out operations, with higher exposure to travel. It will work together with the communities and authorities to ensure our operations do not act as a catalyst to inadvertently introduce the virus in these communities.
The company has informed that due to travel and equipment transportation restrictions, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, it is revisiting its plans for the Mozambique coal processing plants stoppage. The halting of operations was previously expected to start in 2Q20, and a new date is currently under evaluation, which could ultimately affect coal production guidance for 2020.
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