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First-quarter manganese ore output increases 3.5%: Vale

Keywords: Tags  Vale, manganese. Morro da Mina, Urucum, Carajás Azul, Carolina Guerra

SÃO PAULO — Brazilian miner Vale SA’s manganese ore output totaled approximately 501,000 tonnes in the first quarter, up 3.5 percent from the same period last year but down 24.9 percent from the fourth quarter due largely to a rainy-season slowdown.

Output at the Rio de Janeiro-based company’s largest Brazilian manganese project, Carajás Azul, fell 27.2 percent to 381,000 tonnes in the first quarter, hurt by the seasonal rains as well as a low level of ore recovery by its processing plant, according to the miner’s quarterly production report.

Vale’s Urucum manganese mine produced 98,000 tonnes of ore in the first quarter, a 46.8-percent increase from a year earlier, while output at Vale’s other mines, including its Morro da Mina Mine, fell 40.9 percent to 23,000 tonnes due to scheduled maintenance work.

A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin.

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