Mineral exploration and project development


Mineral exploration and project development

Where will our next mines be? To answer this question, Vale invests in exploration projects throughout  the four corners of the planet in the quest for locations housing new mineral reserves.

Our teams of geologists and engineers are at the forefront of this endeavor. Our professionals use techniques ranging from rock-sample collection and subsoil drilling to satellite image analysis to identify the presence of minerals.

A word from our specialists: we don’t always discover deposits full of high-value minerals. Most of the time, many years of study are required until we discover reserves which can generate value for our company.

Our mineral exploration activities have regional offices in Brazil (Belo Horizonte), Peru (Lima), South Africa (Johannesburg), Canada (Toronto), and Australia (Brisbane).


Technological innovation has a strategic role in ensuring sustainable growth of the company.