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Samarco Iron Ore Mine, Alegria, Brazil

Producer of

Iron ore


Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil


Samarco Mineracão (50% BHP Billiton, 50% CVRD)

Geology Type

Banded iron formation

Mineral Type

Itabirite, haematite and magnetite

Reserve Base

720Mt (2005)

Annual Production

15.1Mt iron-ore products (2005)

Mining Method

Open pit

Processing Method

Integrated system: mining, beneficiation, slurry transport, pelletising and shipment



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