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Anglo Has Power-Line Permit for Minas-Rio Project Suspended

April 11, 2012

Anglo American Plc (AAL), the mining company with operations from Africa to Chile, had a license for a power line at its Minas-Rio iron-ore project in Brazil suspended.

A Minas Gerais state court suspended the license required to install the line, according to an e-mailed statement by the state prosecutor’s office sent today. Prosecutor Francisco Chaves Generoso told the court in a civil lawsuit that Anglo failed to fulfill some of the conditions to obtain the permit, according to the statement.

Mining companies in Brazil, the world’s second-largest iron-ore exporter, are facing labor shortages and environmental- permit delays. Anglo, which has had time and budget overruns since Minas Rio was bought in 2008, last month suspended work for three days after a regional court ordered it to halt parts of the project to avoid endangering the area’s artistic and cultural heritage.

The permit to build a power-transmission line was the last “big license” required for the iron-ore project before the company applies for authorization to start operating the mine and processing unit, Anglo said on March 16, when it obtained the license.

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Anglo hasn’t been served notice of the injunction and the company has followed all legal requirements for the environmental licensing of the Minas-Rio project, James Wyatt- Tilby, a company spokesman, said in an e-mail today.

Anglo gained 1.1 percent to 2,225 pence at the close in London today.

The iron-ore project, which includes a mine, processing plant and 326-mile (525-kilometer) pipeline to Acu port in Rio de Janeiro state, will have an initial capacity of 26.5 million metric tons a year. London-based Anglo expects to make the first shipment in the second half of 2013.

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