Rio de Janeiro, 27 February 2014 - Impala, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Trafigura Group ("Impala"), and Mubadala Development Company PJSC ("Mubadala") announced today the completion of their acquisition of a controlling stake in Porto Sudeste do Brasil SA ("Porto Sudeste").
With the closing of this transaction, Impala and Mubadala together hold a 65 percent ownership of the Porto Sudeste and MMX Mineração e Metalicos SA ("MMX") retains the remaining 35 percent interest. Today's closing follows on the Memorandum of Understanding the three parties signed on September 10, 2013.
Additionally, members of Porto Sudeste announced the appointment of Eugenio Mamede as Chief Operating Officer of the new operation. Eugenio Mamede brings a distinguished track record in the mining and extractives sector both in Brazil and abroad.
"This is a positive transaction for Impala, Mubabala Development Company and MMX. Improving Brazil's infrastructure benefits all stakeholders in the iron ore industry. Once fully operational, Porto Sudeste will provide additional capacity, improved access to export markets for iron ore producers and unlock Brazil's production overall," said Mariano Marcondes Ferraz, a member of the Porto Sudeste Consortium Board.
The Porto Sudeste is a major iron ore port terminal in Brazil located in Itaguai, Rio de Janeiro state. The terminal is designed to handle Panamax and Capesize vessels and has capacity to handle 50 million tons per year with future expansion to 100 million tons per year. Construction work on the port began in July 2010, with commercial operations expected to begin in Q3 2014.
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