Vale invested R$ 402.7 million in Maranhão in 1Q10

The mining company Vale invested US$ 225.8 million in logistics in Maranhão during the first quarter of 2010. The sum is equivalent to R$ 402.7 million, considering the present American currency’s exchange rate at R$ 1.782 (sale) at Bolsa de Mercadorias e Futuros (BM&F, the Brazilian commodities and futures exchange). Following the same parameter, it is verified that the investment in the port, more precisely the Ponta da Madeira Port Terminal (TPPM), was of R$ 174.9 million (US$ 98.1 million) on the reference period.

In this sense, the railway industry had the bigger share: R$ 221.5 million (US$ 124.4 million). Also concerning logistics, the mining company applied R$ 6,033,852 in wreckers in the first quarter of 2010, equivalent to US$ 3.3 million.

Still concerning the logistics industry, when comparing the first quarter of 2009 with the same period this year, it is noticed a decrease in investments in railway: US$ 151.7 million last year against US$ 124.3 million this year, a difference of 18.06%.

In the port segment, there was an increase in the application of resources, from US$ 73.3 million on the first three months of 2009 to US$ 98.1 million on the same period this year, which represents a difference of 25.28%.

Applications – This data was disclosed by the mining company last week. In general, Vale informed having invested US$ 294.4 million in Maranhão in the first quarter of 2010, US$ 5.7 million of them in social-environmental projects. The global result, however, represents an increase of 3% in relation to the US$ 286.3 million invested on the same period last year.

In addition to social-environmental projects, Vale invested US$ 13.2 million in the pelletizing sector in the first quarter. In this area, it is worth highlighting that the Vale’s Pelletizing Mill, located at the port region of Itaqui, ceased its activities in early 2009 due to the worldwide financial crisis, which decelerated the industry. The mill resumed activities in March this year.

Another highlight in Vale’s investments in Maranhão is related to the energy segment. From January to March this year, US$ 45.5 million were invested, against US$ 46.1 million on the same period last period, a difference of 1.3%.

Cargo – From the operational standpoint, Vale’s performance in the first quarter of this year was better than from January to March of 2009. The port logistics increased from 20.4 million tons to 22.5 million tons in the period in question (a difference of 3.11%).

In this context, the iron ore loads went from 19.6 million tons to 21.8 million tons in the period in question, an increase of 10.09%. In general cargo, there was also an increase, from a volume of 730,000 tons per kilometer (TKU) to 736,000 TKU, a difference of 0.81%.

In the railway segment, more precisely on the Estrada de Ferro Carajás (EFC), 23.8 million tons (iron ore and general cargo) were transported in the first quarter of 2010, against 21.5 million tons on the same period last year.

The railway transported 22 million tons of iron ore from January to March this year, against 20.8 million tons of this product during the same period in 2009. In general freight, EFC went from 720,000 tons to 1.1 million tons from 2009 to 2010, considering the first quarter of each year, an increase of 52.77%.

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Fonte: O Estado do Maranhão

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