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United States

Securities and Exchange Commission

Washington, D.C. 20549




Report of Foreign Private Issuer

Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16

of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934


For the month of


March 2019


Vale S.A.


Praia de Botafogo nº 186, 18º andar, Botafogo
22250-145 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

(Address of principal executive office)


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Vale on the Timbopeba mine operations


Rio de Janeiro, March 15th, 2019 — Vale S.A. (“Vale”) informs that it was made aware of a decision by the 2nd Civil Court of the Comarca of Ouro Preto, within the scope of the public civil action n° 5000435-60.2019.8.13.0461, filed by the Public Prosecution Office of the State of Minas Gerais (“MPEMG”), which determined, among other measures, that the company refrains from any act related to building, operating, heightening or using the Doutor dam, as well as operating other structures of the Timbopeba mine, in the city of Ouro Preto, state of Minas Gerais, under daily penalty of R$ 500,000.00 (five hundred thousand reais).


The decision was based on notification received by the MPEMG containing preliminary information on the Doutor dam. It is important to highlight that the Doutor dam has its declaration of stability in force and was inspected on March 14th, 2019 by technicians of the National Mining Agency (“ANM”), who verified that the structure does not present any relevant irregularity or any condition that compromises the safety of the dam. Furthermore, ANM states that, at the moment, there is no reason for an interdiction and/or activation of Alert/Emergency Levels that require the evacuation of the local population.


The suspension affects the operations of the Timbopeba mine with an impact of 12.8 million tons of iron ore per year.


Vale informs that it has immediately complied with the decision and will adopt the appropriate measures.


For further information, please contact:
Andre Figueiredo:
Andre Werner:
Carla Albano Miller:
Fernando Mascarenhas:
Samir Bassil:
Bruno Siqueira:
Clarissa Couri:
Renata Capanema:


This press release may include statements that present Vale’s expectations about future events or results. All statements, when based upon expectations about the future, involve various risks and uncertainties. Vale cannot guarantee that such statements will prove correct. These risks and uncertainties include factors related to the following: (a) the countries where we operate, especially Brazil and Canada; (b) the global economy; (c) the capital markets; (d) the mining and metals prices and their dependence on global industrial production, which is cyclical by nature; and (e) global competition in the markets in which Vale operates. To obtain further information on factors that may lead to results different from those forecast by Vale, please consult the reports Vale files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Brazilian Comissão de Valores Mobiliários (CVM), and the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), and in particular the factors discussed under “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in Vale’s annual report on Form 20-F.



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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.


Date: March 15, 2019

Vale S.A.








/s/ André Figueiredo



Director of Investor Relations