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Brazil's Vale starts production at US$566-mln Bayovar phosphate mine
Andina.com.pe August 5, 2010
Brazilian mining giant Vale has formally started production at its US$566-million Bayovar phosphate mine in Piura, northern Peru.
The mine, which is part owned by Mosaic Co. (MOS) and Mitsui & Co. (MITSY, 8031.TO), is due to have a maximum annual production capacity of 3.9 million tons of phosphate rock by 2012 and could eventually increase to up to 5.9 million tons.
This year it is expected to produce about 1.0 million metric tons of phosphate rock, rising to 2.8 million tons in 2011.
Located in Sechura Desert in the department of Piura, Peru, the Bayovar phosphate rock mine was officially inaugurated today by President Alan Garcia.
A total of US$566 million has been invested to implement one of the biggest phosphate rock deposits in South America.
The mine’s output will mainly be exported to Brazil, North America and Asia. Vale’s investments in this sector are transforming the company into a major supplier of raw materials enabling higher agricultural production.
In addition to an open-pit mine, the Bayovar venture includes a concentration plant, a 32-kilometer road for heavy vehicles, a truck unloading area, a conveyor belt, a drying and storage yard, a port, a seawater pipeline and power transmission lines.
In implementing the project, Vale has prioritized the hiring of local people. Approximately 1,300 direct and indirect jobs were generated for the people of Sechura during the implementation phase, and around 300 local people are currently employed as the operational phase begins.
A phosphate, an inorganic chemical, is a salt of phosphoric acid. In organic chemistry, a phosphate, or organophosphate, is an ester of phosphoric acid. Organic phosphates are important in biochemistry and biogeochemistry or ecology. Inorganic phosphates are mined to obtain phosphorus for use in agriculture and industry. At elevated temperatures in the solid state, phosphates can condense to form pyrophosphates.
Vale Mining Company
Vale is a diversified mining multinational corporation and one of the largest logistics operators in Brazil.
In addition to being the second-largest
mining company in the world, Vale is
also the largest producer of iron ore,
pellets, and second largest of nickel. Vale also produces manganese, ferroalloys, copper, bauxite, potash, kaolin, alumina and aluminium. In the electric energy sector, the company participates in consortia and currently operates nine hydroelectric plants.
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