Coal production reached 3.0 Mt in 2Q17, a record production for a quarter, with production coming exclusively from the Moatize mine in Mozambique. Total coal production was 24.8% and 101.8% higher than in 1Q17 and 2Q16, respectively, with two-thirds of total production being of metallurgical coal.The production record resulted from the successive monthly records of the two Coal Handling and Preparation Plants (CHPP1 and CHPP2). CHPP2 continued its ramp-up consistently, increasing its production by 18% compared to 1Q17, reaching a new monthly production record of 511 kt in June, and pushing overall production to 1.1 Mt. Production increased for both metallurgical and thermal coal.
Production of metallurgical coal was 2.0 Mt in 2Q17, 25.6% and 153.6% higher than in 1Q17 and 2Q16, respectively, and production of thermal coal was 988 kt, 23.2%, and 122.9% higher compared to the same quarters.
In 2Q17, our logistics operations in Mozambique reached all-time records, with railed volume of 3.1 Mt in 2Q17, 15% higher than the 2.7 Mt railed in 1Q17 and shipped volume5 of 3.1 Mt in 2Q17, 19% higher than the 2.6 Mt shipped in 1Q17.(Source: Vale Quarterly Report)