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By Adria Calatayud
BHP Group PLC (BHP.LN) said Tuesday that its Brazilian iron-ore mining venture Samarco Mineraçao SA hasn't reached an agreement on the restructuring of its financial obligations, and has no plans immediately to reopen.
Samarco's operations will restart only if it is safe and economically viable and has the support of the community, BHP said. For operations to resume will require the granting of licenses by state and federal authorities and community hearings, it said.
The Samarco mine has been shut since a 2015 tailings-dam collapse that killed 19 people,
BHP and Brazil's Vale S/A (VALE3.BR) each hold a 50% interest in Samarco.
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
January 29, 2019 02:43 ET (07:43 GMT)
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