Our Production Report for the third quarter of 2016 was released on this Thursday, October 20. The document provides an overview of our operations in the period.
The highlight was the iron ore production in Carajás, which achieved a record production of 38.7 Mt in 3Q16, a 2.2 Mt increase (5.9%) vs. 3Q16, mainly due to the abovementioned improvement in operational performance at the mines and plants in the Northern System.
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Vale reached 92.1 Mt of iron ore production in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16), 5.3 Mt higher than in 2Q16 and 1.4 Mt higher than in 3Q15, mainly due to: (i) the better operational performance at the mines and plants in the Northern System; (ii) the start-up of a new crushing facility at the Fazendão mine; and (iii) better productivity in the Southern and Southeastern systems.
Carajás achieved a record production of 38.7 Mt in 3Q16, a 2.2 Mt increase (5.9%) vs. 2Q16, mainly due to the abovementioned improvement in operational performance at the mines and plants in the Northern System.
Pellet production reached 12.1 Mt in 3Q16, 20.1% higher than in 2Q16 and in line with 3Q15, mainly as a result of the resumption of the Fábrica beneficiation plant in the Southern System and the higher feed availability for the Vargem Grande and Tubarão plants. The Tubarão 8, Tubarão 3 and Vargem Grande pellet plants achieved quarterly production records of 1.2 Mt, 1.8 Mt and 1.8 Mt, respectively, in 3Q16.
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 production reached 76.0 kt in 3Q16, 3.3% lower than in 2Q16, but 6.1% higher than in 3Q15, mainly due to planned maintenance shutdowns at Thompson and New Caledonia in 3Q16, and a planned maintenance shutdown at the Sudbury refinery in 3Q15. Production from the Onça Puma operation reached a record of 6.6 kt in 3Q16.
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 production totaled 2.3 Mt in 3Q16, 54.4% and 13.2% higher than in 2Q16 and 3Q15, respectively, mainly as a result of the ramp-up of the Moatize II plant after its start-up in August 2016 and the resumption of the Carborough Downs operations after the operational challenges faced in 2Q16.
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 was a record third quarter 111,400 t in 3Q16, increasing 4,000 t vs. 2Q16, mainly due to the ramp-up of Salobo and the higher production from Sudbury. Production of copper in concentrate at Salobo totaled a record 44,300 t in 3Q16 with Salobo achieving a monthly production record of 17,000 t Cu in September.
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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Potash production totaled 142 kt in 3Q16, 41.1% and 14.0% higher than in 2Q16 and 3Q15, respectively. The increase was due to higher availability and lower ROM moisture in 3Q16 and better performance at the Taquari-Vassouras beneficiation plant after an unscheduled maintenance stoppage in 2Q16.
Phosphate rock production totaled 2.1 Mt in 3Q16, MAP (monoammonium phosphate) production totaled 244 kt in 3Q16 and SSP (single superphosphate) production totaled 495 kt in 3Q16, 14.5%, 3.9% and 9.0% higher than in 2Q16, respectively, mainly as a result of the stabilization of the plants after operational adjustments and maintenance stoppages in 2Q16.
We produce fertilizer production inputs in Brazil and Peru. We are also developing projects in Mozambique and Canada.
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