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Totten mine resumes operations

Vale informs that Totten Mine has safely resumed operations and is ramping up production, following the safe extraction of a scoop bucket and shaft repairs.

Production at Totten Mine was halted last year after a scoop bucket became lodged in the main shaft. Thirty-nine workers underground at the time were safely returned to surface via secondary egress. All of them are back to work, along with Totten Mine employees deployed to other locations during the disruption. 

Vale praises the diligent work by the specialists since September, who safely extracted the scoop and made the necessary repairs to the shaft. “We’re committed to delivering the full potential of our North Atlantic operations. The restart of Totten demonstrates our unwavering commitment to achieve a benchmark of safety and reliability levels across all our sites,” said Deshnee Naidoo, Executive Vice President of Vale’s Base Metals business. 

The interruption at Totten mine was already considered in our planning and, therefore, caused no impact to our nickel production guidance of 175kt-190kt for 2022.


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