Mineral exploration and project development


Mineral exploration and project development

Where will our next mines be? To answer this question, Vale invests in research studies all over the world in the quest for locations housing new mineral reserves.

Our teams of geologists and engineers are at the forefront of this endeavour. 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.