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16/02/2017 - 13:26hs

Vale breaks record in Oman

Pellets production in quarter four last year was the biggest ever at the Brazilian company’s manufacturing plant in Sohar, at 2.5 million tons.

São Paulo – Brazilian mining company Vale’s pelletizing plant in Sohar, Oman hit an all-time high in the fourth quarter of last year, at 2.5 million tons of pellets. The output was 5.6% higher than in quarter three and 63.3% higher than in quarter four 2015, when the plant shut down for maintenance.

Vale said the quarter-on-quarter output hike was due to “productivity gains and increased physical availability at the plant’s facilities during Q4.”

The company’s total Q4 pellets production also reached a record at 12.6 million tons, up 4.5% from Q3 and 21.6% from Q4 2015. A press release from Vale imputed the growth to higher output numbers in Oman and at its Tubarão complex in Vitória, Espírito Santo.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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