Vale suspends New Caledonia ops due to spill; awaits local govt

jueves 8 de mayo de 2014 00:21 GYT

SYDNEY May 8 (Reuters) - Brazil's Vale said on Thursday it has suspended processing and mining at its New Caledonia nickel operations due to a spill.

Vale was suspending its equipment and mining operations, and was working on limiting the damage caused by the spill, according to a spokesperson and a press release.

The miner was waiting to hear from the local government on the timing timing of a restart of its operations, a spokesperson said. New Caledonia is closed for a public holiday on Thursday.

The president of New Caledonia's Southern Province Cynthia Ligeard ordered an immediate halt to operations due to an effluent spill containing some acid, Radio New Zealand International reported. (Reporting by Melanie Burton and Cecile Lefort; Editing by Richard Pullin)