July 30, 2009 Vale S.A. reported on Q2 and H1 Paragominas operations. The Paragominas bauxite mine, in the Brazilian state of Pará, produced 1.4 Mt in 2Q09, up 104.8% against 2Q08 as Paragominas II started ramping up in May 2008. Paragominas is linked to the Alunorte alumina refinery by the first bauxite pipeline in the world. The mine is operating at 60% of its nominal capacity, as since the onset of the operations its bauxite production has given smaller granules than planned, causing lower than expected performance. To eliminate this problem at the refinery plant additional filters were ordered. This will allow Paragominas to run at its nominal capacity of 9.9 Mtpy from 1H10 onwards.
September 30, 2007 Reported that the second phase is underway, which will add 4.5 million metric tons of bauxite to the capacity of 5.4 million metric tons a year obtained from Paragominas I. Completion is scheduled for 2Q08.
The first expansion of Paragominas mine is already taking place, and should be completed by April 2008 in conjunction with the third expansion of Alunorte. The mine should reach nominal capacity of 9.9 millions of tons per year, with investments of US$ 196 million.
The Paragominas bauxite mine began its operations in March 2007 with 5.4 millions of tons per year of capacity in its first phase at a capex cost of US$ 352 million.
December 31, 2005 The Paragominas mine, which is under development, will respond for the growth in CVRD's bauxite production from 2007 onwards. Start-up of production of the phase one of the Paragominas bauxite mine, with 5.4 million tons per year, was scheduled for 2007. The bauxite from the mine will be transported to the Alunorte plant by the world’s first bauxite ore-carrying pipeline, with total length of 244 kilometers, reducing the cost of transport.