SÃO PAULO Vale
SAs copper production rose sharply in the first quarter
thanks to increased output at its Sossego and Sudbury
Production totaled 90,000
tonnes, up 23 percent from 73,000 tonnes in the first three
months of last year, according to the companys quarterly
The Sossego project in Brazil,
Vales largest copper project, produced 28,000 tonnes in
the first quarter, up 10.3 percent from the same period last
year, while output at Sudbury, Ontario, rose 9.7 percent to
26,000 tonnes. But output at Voiseys Bay in Newfoundland
and Labrador fell 3.5 percent to 11,000 tonnes in the same
The company expects production
to increase in the coming quarters as three
projectsSalobo, Lubambe and Tres Vallesare in the
process of ramping up.
Salobo projects I and II in
northern Brazil produced 11,000 tonnes in the first quarter
from nominal annual capacity of 200,000 tonnes of copper in
Lubambe, in the Zambian
copperbelt, reported output of 2,000 tonnes from a nominal
annual capacity of 45,000 tonnes. Lubambe is funded by a joint
venture with African Rainbow Minerals.
Chilean operation Tres Valles
produced 4,000 tonnes in the first quarter, up 4.1 percent from
a year earlier.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin.