The Brazilian miner produced 86.70 million tonnes of iron ore from July to September, down 17.4% from 104.95 million tonnes a year earlier.
The volume is still 35.4% higher than the second quarter’s 64.06 million tonnes.
“The resumption of the Brucutu operations and the partial resumption of the dry-processing operations at the Vargem Grande Complex, announced in June and July respectively, contributed to this result,” Vale said on Monday October 14.
Vale has been ramping up production in recent months, having been forced to suspend several operations after a deadly tailings dam disaster in Brumadinho city in January.
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