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Vale in Pará

In Pará, we own the largest mining complex in Brazil, representing the largest private investment ever made in the country in the second decade of the 20th century.

The S11D includes mine, plant, rail and port logistics and has brought a new drive to the economic and social development of the region. Our iron ore production can be found at our Serra Norte, Serra Leste and Serra Sul units. In Serra Norte, in addition to iron, we also produce manganese. The production of copper and nickel is carried out at the Sossego, Salobo and Onça Puma mines. 
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Sustainable mining

In this issue you will embark on our journey in search of increasingly sustainable mining. Using 100% electric dredges, we are starting the Gelado Project, which will reuse the ore tailings deposited in the Gelado dam in Carajás. In Marabá, work is progressing on Tecnored, our subsidiary that will expand pig iron production in Pará, with lower carbon emissions into the atmosphere. And sustainability can also be in small businesses: learn about Atelier Fio de Ouro, which brings together women entrepreneurs from Canaã dos Carajás. Together, with support from Vale and other institutions, they are sewing a new future for their community.
Photographer: Ricardo Teles
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Sustainability

Vale Amazon Biopark 

Located in the Carajás National Forest, the Vale Amazon Biopark is a reference in the work of protecting species and promoting environmental knowledge. The space has 30 hectares of native forest, which allows more than 270 animals to move around freely, including birds, agoutis and monkeys in the visitation areas. In the last 10 years, more than 1.1 million people have visited the site. 

Photographer: Anderson Souza

Carajás National Forest

Since 1985, when Vale started its operations in Carajás, we have helped take care of the Carajás National Forest, one of the richest regions in Brazil and in the world in terms of biodiversity. Our concession area covers approximately 411 thousand hectares of preserved forest and we occupy only 1.4% of this amount. 

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Our Operation

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Serra Norte – Carajás

At the Carajás/Serra Norte mineral complex, in the municipality of Parauapebas, we have the largest open pit iron ore mine in the world and we have achieved the highest level of iron purity and minimum concentration of contaminants in the product. Currently, the complex is responsible for 150 million tonnes of iron per year
Photographer: Ricardo Teles

Serra Sul Unit S11 D

Located in Canaã dos Carajás, in southeastern Pará, S11D is the largest mining complex in Vale's history. The operation integrates productivity with respect towards people, technology and environmental intelligence. Serra Sul is providing solutions such as the truckless system, which replaces traditional off-road trucks with conveyor belts, reducing diesel consumption by around 70%, and the ore beneficiation process with natural humidity, eliminating the need for water. With this, we reduced water consumption by 93%, as well as reducing energy consumption and eliminating the use of a tailings dam.
Photographer: Ricardo Teles

Salobo Unit

The Salobo mine, in Marabá, southeastern Pará, is classified as a world-class copper deposit. This means that we have a mineral reserve of 1.15 billion tonnes of copper. The operation integrates open pit mining, processing, transport and shipment from the road, at the mine, to the bus terminal in Parauapebas (PA).
Photographer: Ricardo Teles

Sossego Unit

Located in the municipality of Canaã dos Carajás, this operation, which began in 2004, currently ranks as Vale's top copper mine. The unit reuses 99% of all the water used in its production process, which represents an annual saving of 900 thousand cubic meters of water, enough to supply a city of 25 thousand inhabitants for six months. 
Photographer: Ricardo Teles

Onça Puma Unit 

We are the largest global producer of nickel, one of the most versatile metals in the world. It was at the Onça Puma mine, in Ourilândia do Norte, Pará, that this operation began in 2011.
Photographer: Salviano Machado

Serra Leste Unit

The Serra Leste mine, in the municipality of Curionópolis, started its operations in 2014 and uses the dry beneficiation process (natural moisture), ensuring lower consumption of water and energy, reducing operating costs and environmental impact.
Photographer: Salviano Machado

Azul Manganese Unit 

Since 1985, we have also produced manganese at the Azul Mine within the Carajás Mining Complex. Present in the composition of multiple objects, manganese is the fourth most-often used metal in the world and is part of our daily lives, being also essential for the manufacture of steel and ferroalloys.

Transport

Carajás Railroad

The Carajás Railroad began its operations in 1985, with its first 15 km of extension, after more than a decade of feasibility studies. Today, it connects the states of Pará and Maranhão, covering 28 municipalities in 1002 km of railroad. 68 trains, 276 locomotives and more than 20,000 wagons pass through it, transporting loads of iron ore, manganese, pig iron, copper, nickel, grains, fuel, and cellulose.  
 
The railway also houses the Passenger Train, which is capable of transporting up to 1,500 people in a single trip – equivalent to the capacity of 28 buses or 325 vehicles. At EFC, we operate the longest distance between departure and arrival points within Brazil, with 861 km, 15 stopping points and 27 municipalities served. The complete trip takes 16 hours. 

Photographer: Anderson Souza

Highlights

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Passenger train 

History Center

Culture House
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