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Vale's Production Volumes of Mn Ore, FA, Ni and Co in Jan-Mar
= When compared with year-earlier period, Mn ore, Ni and Co are up and FA is down =
On April 22, Vale S. A., a major resource company in Brazil announced its production volumes of manganese ore, ferroalloys, nickel and cobalt in the period from January to March in 2015.

According to this, the production volumes during January to March were 592,000 tons of manganese ore, up by 25.9% from the year-earlier period, 27,000 tons of ferroalloys, down by 40.6% ditto, 69,200 tons of nickel, up by 2.5% ditto and 970 tons of cobalt, up by 13.2% ditto.

[Manganese ore] In the period from January to March, the production volume at Azul mine in Carajas was down by 20.6% from the prior period, which was due to the increased production in the prior period owing to recovery from the tailing dams. On the one hand, the production at Urucum mine was up from the prior period as well as the year-earlier period owing to improved productivity of the beneficiation plant, and updated an all-time high on a quarterly basis. For a reference, as a result of shutting down the ferroalloy plant in Minas Gerais (its reason is to be mentioned later), the ore production at Morro da Mina mine decreased, and the productions at other mines were grossly down from the prior period.

[Ferroalloys] The existing energy contract expired, and based on the judgment that a new energy cost will damage the economy of ferroalloy production, both Barbacena and Ouro Preto plants in Minas Gerais were shut down, in consequence of which the production was grossly down from both the prior period and the year-earlier period. The breakdown of production in the period from January to March was 12,000 tons of silico manganese, 9,000 tons of high-carbon ferro-manganese and 5,000 tons of medium-carbon ferro-manganese.

[Nickel] As the port on the coast in the Atlantic Canada was damaged by strong wind and ice, the shipment could not be done to Clydach refining plant, and the production at Sudbury plant was down from both the prior period and the year-earlier period. During this period, the maintenance work which was originally scheduled to be in the period from April to June was advanced and the full-scale production is scheduled to take place in the period from April to June.

The production at Thompson plant also was down as is the case in Sudbury plant. Voisey's Bay plant had a repair of SAG mill in January, and now returned to a full-scale production. Long Harbour plant now ramps up production, and produced 500 tons in the period from January to March. At the present moment, PTVI's nickel matte and Voisey's Bay's concentrates are being used, but only Voisey's Bay's concentrates will be used in the end of the year.

The production of nickel matte at Sorowako plant in Indonesia (PTVI) was 17,500 tons, down from both the prior period and the year-earlier period. No.4 Furnace had a repair of the roof in March which was planned to be in the period from October to December in 2014, and No.3 Furnace also had a repair of the roof. Both furnaces returned to the normal operation by the end of March. Due to the repair of No.4 Furnace, the production of nickel matte at entire PTVI was 18,000 tons , down by 11.2% from the prior period.

The volume of nickel oxide Vale New Caledonia (VNC) produced in the period from January to March was 3,500 tons, which marked a new record high of the total nickel production. VNC is scheduled to shut down the plant for about 3 weeks in June for the maintenance work.

The production at Onca Puma mine in Brazil marked an all-time high on a quarterly basis as a single furnace operation.

[Cobalt] In the period from January to March, the production was down by 23.4% from the prior period due to decreased production at Thompson plant

The production volume by division is as shown in the table below.
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