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Vale informs on Serra Sul 120 Project

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Vale has informed that its Board of Directors approved, on 13 August 2020, the implementation of the Serra Sul 120 Project, located in the municipality of Canaã dos Carajás (PA), Brazil.

The Serra Sul 120 Project consists of increasing the S11D mine-plant capacity by 20 million tpy, which will total 120 million tpy at site. The project has total multiyear investments of US$1.5 billion and its start-up is expected in 1H24. The project includes:

  1. The opening of new mining areas.
  2. The duplication of the long-distance belt conveyor (TCLD).
  3. The implementation of new processing lines at the plant.
  4. The expansion of storage areas, among other measures.

The Serra Sul 120 Project will create an important buffer of productive capacity, ensuring greater operational flexibility to face eventual production or licensing restrictions in the Northern System. The investment to duplicate the existing TCLD, in the amount of US$385 million, in addition to providing flexibility, also aggregates important elements for the reduction of operational risks, adding reliability to the system.

The project will anticipate investments in mine-plant which, together with the logistics solution under development, aim to increase the Northern System's total capacity in 20 million tpy, to 260 million tpy. The expansion of the mine-plant capacity and the development of additional logistics capacity are important steps for the iron ore volume growth, the maximisation of margin and the flight-to-quality optimisation.

With the Serra Sul 120 Project's anticipation and the delay in the execution of projects in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vale informs that it will revise and update, in due course, its investment guidance for 2021, currently at US$5 billion, and in the period between 2022 – 2024, with an average of US$4.5 billion. The company informs that it will file again the item 11 of its Reference Form, in compliance with the Instruction n. 480 of 7 December 2009, as amended, issued by CVM, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil.

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