OSLO (Reuters) – A Norsk Hydro plant’s spill of waste water in Brazil final month was extra in depth than beforehand reported, and the corporate nonetheless lacks overview of the scenario, it mentioned on Tuesday.
Authorities in late February ordered Alunorte, the world’s largest alumina refinery, to chop output in half till it addressed air pollution considerations, main Hydro to declare drive majeure with no time set to restart manufacturing.
Along with a beforehand reported discharge final month into a neighborhood river, an organization process drive has discovered that spills additionally occurred from a waste-water pond and from contained in the plant right into a drain canal, Hydro mentioned in an announcement.
Individually, a neighborhood prosecutor has ordered that the corporate restore, inside 48 hours, cracks in a pipeline and that the drain canal should be sealed off, the corporate mentioned, including that it’ll meet this deadline.
“The preliminary findings from the inner process drive present that we shouldn’t have the total overview of the scenario and the course of occasions,” Hydro Chief Govt Svein Richard Brandtzaeg mentioned.
“I’ll consider the scenario completely and revert with extra data in due time,” he added.
By 0907 GMT, Norsk Hydro’s shares fell zero.9 %. 12 months-to-date the shares are down 18.6 %.
Reporting by Terje Solsvik, enhancing by Louise Heavens