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Carajas - Serra Leste iron ore mine

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Report summary

Serra Leste is a mine owned and operated by Vale in its Northern System. Final licenses to operate Serra Leste were received in early 2015 and the mine completed its ramp-up throughout 2016. Costs at Serra Leste are slightly higher than the older Serra Norte operation because of the additional trucking to get the product to the rail link. The mine's total cash cost places it very low on the global seaborne cost curve.

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Table of contents

  • Key facts
    • Summary
    • Key issues
  • Location maps
  • Participation
  • Geology
  • Reserves and resources
  • Production
  • Operations
  • Infrastructure
  • Costs
  • Sales contracts
  • Economic assumptions

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This report includes 13 images and tables including:


  • Detail Map
  • Production
  • Cash cost


  • Key facts: Table 1
  • Participation
  • Marketable reserves (at 01/01/2018)
  • Production
  • Operations
  • Infrastructure
  • Cash cost (US$/tonne)
  • Capital costs (US$ million)
  • Product quality
  • Economic assumptions

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