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Vale to sell Colombian coal assets for $407m

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Brazilian mining giant Vale has entered into an agreement for the sale of its thermal coal assets in Colombia to a unit of Colombian Natural Resources for $407m in cash.

Under the terms of the deal, Vale will sell 100% of its thermal coal mines El Hatillo and Cerro Largo in the department of Cesar, and its port terminal Sociedad Portuaria Rio Córdoba on the Caribbean coast. The mining company will also sell its 8.43% stake in the Ferrocarriles Del Norte de Colombia, which operates the railway between the mines and the terminal.

The sale of the thermal coal operations in Colombia is part of the company's continuous efforts to optimise the asset portfolio.