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Vale reports a rise in coal production in Q2 2014

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Vale's Moatize coal mine in Mozambique produced 1.17 million t of coal in Q2 2014. Image courtesy of Vale.

Vale’s coal production reached 2.2 million t in Q2, an almost 23.8% increase on output in Q1, mostly as a result of stronger production at the Carborough Downs coal mine in Australia and Moatize mine in Mozambique.

Production at Carborough Downs recovered well from the longwall move in Q1 but was still 11.7% lower than Q2 last year after adverse geological conditions required the halting of mining in May and the recovery of support equipment. Production resumed normal operations in June. Production at Isaacs Plains dropped 28.6% due to a higher ratio of overburden removal.

In Mozambique, Moatize produced 1.17 million t of coal – 714,000 t of metallurgical coal and 457,000 t of thermal coal. Ramp-up of the mine remains restricted by the limitations of existing infrastructure, however, which do not allow for total utilisation of the mines capacity.

The completion of the Nacala corridor logistics operation from the end of this year should ease these restrictions, said the company.

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