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Vale’s ‘Grinding Hub’ starts operation at Ningbo-Zhoushan port

Brazil’s Vale and China’s Ningbo-Zhoushan Port Group have inaugurated the operation of the Shulanghu Grinding Hub at Ningbo-Zhoushan port.

Located in the Shulanghu ore transfer terminal in Zhoushan, it is the first grinding hub of Vale in China, having three production lines with a total nominal capacity of 3m tonnes per year.

The first product to be produced at the Grinding Hub is an innovative product GF88. The new product is a high-grade ground iron ore fine using Vale's Carajas Fines as raw material.

Marcello Spinelli, Vale's executive director of Ferrous Minerals, said: “Vale is enriching its product portfolio to better meet China's increasing demand for quality, environmental performance and innovation in a new era. GF88 is a truly 'green' mineral product. It enjoys high iron content, low impurities and low loss-on-ignition characteristics. It also deploys a unique, innovative and environmental-friendly production process, which has no need for heating or water and generates no tailings.”

Spinelli continued: “With the launching of GF88 in China, together with other high-quality iron ore products and blends, Vale will continue to contribute to China's greener future.”

Vale and Ningbo-Zhoushan port started their cooperation back in 2016 and further strengthened their partnership by signing a grinding service contract to launch new ground iron ore products in China last year.

Vale said that despite the challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, the teams in Brazil and China have continued to work closely together to advance the Shulanghu grinding project while maintaining health and safety as a top priority.

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