Itabiritos project
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Itabiritos project

In the municipality where Vale was born, Itabira, Minas Gerais, we develop one of the largest revamp projects in the mining industry: Itabiritos. By investing US$5.5 billion to build and adapt processing plants, it is possible to reuse low-grade iron ore, which has built up in piles over the years, ushering in our “third wave” of production at our Itabira and Vargem Grande complexes. (The latter is located in Nova Lima, in the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte.) Investment in processing technologies will expand our production volumes and extend the lifespan of four mines in the region, including Cauê Mine, our first iron ore operation, which opened in 1942.