March 30, 2018 / 4:32 PM / a year ago

UPDATE 1-Anglo American ordered to halt Brazil ops again after leak

(Adds details on incident, context)

By Marta Nogueira

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 30 (Reuters) - Brazilian environmental regulators ordered miner Anglo American Plc to halt operations in the country following a pipeline leak.

Anglo American had previously suspended mining operations in its Minas-Rio system in Brazil, which transports iron ore from the company's mine and processing facility in the state of Minas Gerais to a port in the state of Rio de Janeiro, between March 12 and March 27 following a previous leak.

"The event led the company to paralyze the process of resuming iron ore transportation," Anglo American said in a statement. "The company will also put employees on paid leave."

The pipeline carries a mixture of iron ore concentrate and water. The statement did not give any further information on the accident nor say when operations were expected to resume.

A document by Brazilian environmental watchdog Ibama seen by Reuters said Anglo American would only be allowed to resume operations once it demonstrates the pipeline's security. (Reporting by Marta Nogueira; Writing by Bruno Federowski; Editing by Bill Trott and Jonathan Oatis)

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