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Anglo American secures Step 3 licence approval for Minas-Rio

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Global Mining Review,

Anglo American plc has announced the receipt of regulatory approval relating to the Step 3 licence area of the Minas-Rio operation in Brazil.

Access to the Step 3 area provides greater operational flexibility and access to higher grade iron ore to support the increase of production of the operation towards its full design capacity of 26.5 million tpy.

As a result of this important regulatory approval, production guidance for 2019 is increased to 18 million - 20 million t (wet basis), from the previous guidance of 16 million - 19 million t (wet basis). Unit cost guidance for Minas-Rio is lowered to US$28 - 31/t (FOB, wet basis), from the previous guidance of US$30 - 33/t. Updated production guidance for 2020 and 2021 will be provided in due course.

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