Get to know our operational results in the first quarter of 2016

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4/20/2016

Get to know our operational results in the first quarter of 2016

Our Production Report for the first quarter of 2016 was released on this Wednesday, April 20. The document provides an overview of our operations in the period.

The highlight was the iron ore production, which reached a record 77.5 Mt in 1Q16, the highest first quarter production in Vale's history. Carajás also achieved a production record for a first quarter of 32.4 Mt in 1Q16, representing an increase of 4.9 Mt (or 17.7%) in relation to 1Q15, mainly due to the excellent performance of the N4WS and N5S mines.


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Iron ore

Iron ore production, including third party purchases and excluding Samarco’s attributable production, achieved a record for a first quarter of 77.5 Mt in 1Q16, 10.9 Mt lower than in 4Q15 due to weather-related seasonality and 0.1 Mt higher than in 1Q15.

Carajás achieved new production record for a first quarter of 32.4 Mt in 1Q16, 11.4% lower than in 4Q15 but 17.7% higher than in 1Q15. The increase vs. 1Q15 is mostly due to the ramp-up of the N4WS and N5S mines.

Excluding Samarco’s attributable production, Vale’s pellet production reached 11.478 Mt in 1Q16. Production in 1Q16 was 10.6% higher than in 4Q15, mainly due to scheduled maintenance stoppages at certain plants in 4Q15. Production in 1Q16 was in line with 1Q15.

Our iron ore mines are concentrated in Brazil, where we also operate pelletizing plants. We have two pelletizing plants in Oman and stakes in pellet production joint ventures in China.

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Nickel

Nickel production achieved a record for a first quarter of 73,500 t in 1Q16, representing an increase of 4,300 t in relation to 1Q15, mainly due to the operational performance of Sudbury and the record production in Vale New Caledonia (VNC).

We have nickel mines and operations in Brazil, Canada, Indonesia and New Caledonia. We also have refineries – solely owned and through joint ventures – in China, South Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom and Taiwan.

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Coal

Coal production reached 1.7 Mt in 1Q16, 4.9% higher than in 4Q15, due to higher metallurgical coal production in Australia but 1.9% lower than in 1Q15 due to lower production in Moatize.

We are present in Australia and Mozambique, the two countries that are set to contribute most to growth in global coal supply in the coming years. We also have stakes in one joint venture in China.

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Copper

Production of copper, excluding Lubambe attributable production, reached a first quarter record of 109,900 t in 1Q16, being 0.6% lower than in 4Q15 and 4.4% higher than in 1Q15, mainly due to the successful ramp-up of Salobo.

We produce copper in Brazil, Canada and Zambia. Our Brazilian operations are located in Carajás, where they benefit from our pre-existing logistics infrastructure for transporting iron ore.

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Fertilizers

Potash production reached 111,000 t in 1Q16, 19.4% lower than in 4Q15 due to a six-day unscheduled maintenance stoppage at the beneficiation plant in 1Q16. Production was 2.4% higher than in 1Q15.

Production of phosphate rock was 1.6 Mt in 1Q16, 23.9% and 18.9% lower than in 4Q15 and 1Q15 respectively. The overall decline was caused by lower production in Brazil and in Peru (Bayóvar) in 1Q16.

We produce fertilizer production inputs in Brazil and Peru. We are also developing projects in Mozambique and Canada.

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Get to know our operational results in the first quarter of 2016