Vale reaches a record of 91.8 Mt of iron ore production in the second quarter of 2017

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7/20/2017

Vale reaches a record of 91.8 Mt of iron ore production in the second quarter of 2017

Production Report

Vale’s iron ore production achieved a record for a second quarter. The results were announced on the Production Report for the second quarter of 2017 (2Q17), disclosed today, Thursday, July 20th. The document presents an overview of our operations in this period. The iron ore production achieved 91.8 Mt in 2Q17, 5.8% higher than in 2Q16, mainly due to the ramp-up of S11D in the Northern System.

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Iron ore
Nickel
Coal
Copper

Iron Ore and pellets

Vale’s iron ore production achieved a record for a second quarter of 91.8 Mt in 2Q17, 5.6 Mt higher than in 1Q17. Factors like the better operational performance in the Northern System and the weather-related seasonality can explain the good results. Production was 5.0 Mt higher than in 2Q16 due to the S11D ramp-up in the Northern System and the ramp-up of new beneficiation and crushing facilities in the Southeastern System.

Vale’s pellet production reached 12.2 Mt in 2Q17, 1.7% lower than in 1Q17 due to scheduled maintenance stoppages in one line of the Oman pellet plant. The result was 21.5% higher than in 2Q16 mainly due to the maintenance stoppages in 2Q16 and the resumption of the Fabrica plant in July 2016.

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Nickel

Production of nickel totaled 66,000 t in 2Q17, 7.7% lower than in 1Q17 and 16.0% lower than in 2Q16, mainly due to the rebuilding of furnace #2 in preparation for the transitioning to a single furnace operation in Sudbury, and the scheduled maintenance shutdown in Sudbury.

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Coal

Coal production achieved a record production for a quarter, with 3.0 Mt in 2Q17. The production came exclusively from the Moatize mine in Mozambique. Total coal production was 24.8% and 101.8% higher than in 1Q17 and 2Q16, respectively, with two thirds of total production being of metallurgical coal.

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Copper

Copper production reached 100,800 t in 2Q17, being 6.2% and 4.6% lower than in 1Q17 and 2Q16, respectively. The lower production in Sudbury as a result of a scheduled maintenance shutdown in the surface plants and the mines can explain the decrease.

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2Q17 Financial Report

On Thursday, July 27th, we will release our 2Q17 Financial Report. After the report has been released, some of our key executives will participate in webcasts with investors and journalists to present the second quarter’s results.

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Vale reaches a record of 91.8 Mt of iron ore production in the second quarter of 2017