What are Pellets?
Pellets are small balls of iron ore used in the production of steel. They are made with technology that uses the powder that is generated during the ore extraction process, once considered waste.
What are they used for?
Pellets are used in the production of steel which is used in the construction of bridges, cars, planes, bicycles, household appliances and more.
But, before this, the ore passes through a blast furnace that only works when air can circulate freely. For this reason, the material needs to be big enough so that there are spaces between each piece.
On top of this, the ore needs to be strong enough not to be crushed thereby obstructing the blast furnace. Thus, the production of pellets is fundamental to the steel production process.
This is the function of Vale's New Pelleting Plant which will generate wealth and contribute to the development of Espírito Santo and Brazil.