Anglo American PLC - Anglo American updates response to COVID-19
Anglo American updates response to COVID-19
Anglo American is providing an update on how it is responding operationally to the fast-evolving global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anglo American Chief Executive,
Anglo American notes the statement made by the President of the
Anglo American has consulted with the government authorities and industry bodies in
In line with South African Government requirements, Anglo American is implementing all appropriate measures across its South African operations, with a focus on de-densification of the workforce, rigorous health screening, and isolation where needed. The status of operations is expected to be as follows during the lockdown period:
· Kumba Iron Ore:
o Sishen and Kolomela mines continue to operate with a c.50% level of workforce.
· Anglo American Platinum:
o Mogalakwena mine and the mechanised Mototolo mine continue to operate with a reduced workforce and production, subject to further planning, as will the associated concentrator and smelter facilities;
o Repair of the ACP plant continues, as planned;
o Amandelbult, Modikwa (JV) and Kroondal (JV) underground mines, as well as the Mortimer and Waterfall smelters, are being placed onto care and maintenance.
· De Beers:
o Venetia mine will operate with a c.75% reduced workforce.
· Thermal Coal:
o Operations continue with a c.50-70% reduced workforce and production;
o Isibonelo, which supplies Sasol's fuel production facility, operates with a c.20% reduced workforce.
· The rail and port logistics infrastructure to support the export of iron ore and coal is expected to continue to service the operations during this period.
· Supply chain planning is in place and any impact of the 21-day lockdown is being monitored and addressed where feasible.
Anglo American will also continue to provide a number of essential services, including security; mine maintenance; tailings facility safety management; water treatment; community water supply; increased capacity in Anglo American's hospitals; accommodation provision; health, safety and emergency response; and critical head office services.
The Government of
In line with the British Government's measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Anglo American is in the process of pausing most construction and development activity on its Woodsmith polyhalite project. Appropriate action is being taken to enable safe and swift resumption of work.
Production from Anglo American's major operations in other countries has not been impacted materially to date and we are taking all appropriate preventative measures to reduce the probability of the virus spreading, including by reducing the density of people on our sites.
Based on the 21-day lockdown period in
Anglo American will provide any additional guidance on its South African and other operations in its scheduled 1Q 2020 Production Report on
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Anglo American is a leading global mining company and our products are the essential ingredients in almost every aspect of modern life. Our portfolio of world-class competitive mining operations and undeveloped resources provides the metals and minerals that enable a cleaner, greener, more sustainable world and that meet the fast growing consumer-driven demands of the world's developed and maturing economies. With our people at the heart of our business, we use innovative practices and the latest technologies to discover new resources and mine, process, move and market our products to our customers around the world - safely, responsibly and sustainably.
As a responsible miner - of diamonds (through De Beers), copper, platinum group metals, iron ore, coal and nickel - we are the custodians of what are precious natural resources. We work together with our business partners and diverse stakeholders to unlock the sustainable value that those resources represent for our shareholders, the communities and countries in which we operate, and for society as a whole. Anglo American is re-imagining mining to improve people's lives.
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