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Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Northeastern Brazil's Itaqui port in Maranhão state is undergoing some 692mn reais (US$438mn) in upgrades to improve its cargo handling capacity.

The bulk of the upcoming work involves expanding the port's Tegram grain terminal, which will cost some 340mn reais. Once completed, the terminal will handle some 10Mt/y.

"We plan to launch a tender between June and August and a contract should be signed in late August or early September. Civil works should be starting in 2012 and we are planning on having the expanded terminal ready in time for the 2013 harvest," Vinent said.

Other work at the terminal involves improvements to the port's berths 100-103, which are budgeted at around 230mn reais and fall under national growth acceleration plan PAC. Civil works include dredging and upgrades to shipyards, some of which is already under way. The improvements are scheduled to be completed by June 2012.

A tender to build the port's pier 108 is also planned. The project is worth around 82mn reais and is due to be tendered this year, according to the executive.

Finally, local conglomerate Vale (NYSE: VALE) will be building a 6km extension of its Norte-Sul railway to connect up with the gran terminal at Itaqui. The 40mn-real project should be completed by end-2012.

Itaqui port's current capacity is 12.5Mt/y. The port authority aims to reach capacity of 30Mt/y in 10 years' time.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

ALL is to begin work this year on a R$730m intermodal terminal which will be served by a 260 km railway under construction to Rondonópolis in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, for opening in 2012.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

At a cost of R$9m, Ferrovia Centro-Atlântica of Brazil is building a 34 km balloon loop at the Pirapora grain terminal in the state of Minas Gerais. This will reduce the need for remarshalling, with empty wagons returned within 6 h rather than 30 h at present.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

ALL America Latina Logistica SA (ALLL3) (ALLL3 BS) rose 1.2 percent to 12.23 reais. Latin America’s largest railroad company said total volume transported rose 8.9 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization rose 12.2 percent, ALL said in a regulatory filing. The results are preliminary.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Ferrous granted licence for Viga mine rail terminal

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Ferrous has been granted an installation licence for a railway terminal at its Viga mine and operating licence for Santanense mine.

The railway terminal licence is a key milestone in the company's long-term strategy, as it allows for necessary infrastructure construction at the mine.

The construction work will start immediately and is expected to be finished in 90 days.

The loading terminal at Viga will connect the mine with the MRS Logistics railroad that will transport Ferrous ore to the Port, where Ferrous plans to export all of the ore produced in the second half of 2011.

Ferrous vice-president and chief operating officer Antonio Rigotto said: "The construction of the railway loading terminal at Viga means Ferrous final entry on the iron ore market, since it enables the initial logistics of the entire production flow which later will be consolidated with the construction of a pipeline and a port of its own.

"These projects are currently in the process of obtaining installation licences."

Ferrous has also obtained the 'licence for operation' to produce 864 Ttpa of ore at its Santanense mine in Itatiauçu.

The mine's current capacity stands at 105 Mt ROM (gross draw) and production will be increased to 5 Mtpa by 2015.

The rate of production at the Santanense mine will eventually match both the Esperança and Viga mines.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Brazil’s government may retake control of almost 1,700 kilometers (1,060 miles) of railways as other rail lines undergo renovation, O Estado de S. Paulo reported.

The National Transportation Agency, known as ANTT, received proposals from rail operators to renovate 5,500 kilometers of abandoned tracks, the newspaper said. Companies said six stretches are no longer economically viable, Estado reported.

In some cases, the ANTT may hold new auctions to award the concessions for the areas, Estado said. The projects would boost capacity along railroads in Brazil, where only 10 percent of the network is fully utilized, the newspaper said.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

On June 15, 2011 CNR exported 2 wagons of 37.5t axle load,one is prototype SKD, to Oyamota company in Brazil from Dalian port of China.

On August 21, 2011 CNR sent mission group went to Oyamota company Brazil on SKD wagon and technology support task has successfully completed. Brazil Vale specifies the Oyamota company is one of the three qualified suppliers. Prototype parts in Brazil successfully assembled to explore Brazil and other South American market with a new idea and has laid a good foundation.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Samuel

Double track on the EF Carajas of the Vale

The line is being extended by 100 Kilometres to reach a new mine. It is one of the largest projects of the Vale ever. The name of the project is S11D, situated at the Serra Sul de Carajás, the place is Canãa dos Carajás. In all on the line 46 new bridges, 5 railway viaducts and 18 motor car viaducts are being built. At the port of São Louis a new pier is being constructed which can receive even the largest Chinese ships.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Samuel

América Latina Logística (ALL) will install in Rondonopolis in the local state of  Mato Grosso a new terminal. This terminal will have a size of 4 million square metres and serve handling of wheat, fuel, fertiliser and containers. Instead of 18 hours for a typical train with 80 wagons only 3 hours will be required. The terminal shall be ready by the end of 2012 and serve the transport to Santos where ALL owns two terminals.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Samuel -

Araraquara SUpside-down Razz Bypass

This city in the interior of the local state of São Paulo plans a bypass line to remove the goods traffic from the town centre. This will include the largest shunting field of Latin America and a maintenance workshop for diesel locomotives, also the largest in Latin America.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Brazilian railway operator America Latina Logística (ALL) (Bovespa: ALLL11) reported a net profit of 91.3mn reais (US$52.5mn) in the third quarter, up 3.3% year-over-year.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Brazilian rail operator MRS Logística posted a third quarter profit of 124mn reais (US$69.9mn), down 3.1% compared with 3Q10.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Brazil: Vale has taken delivery of two prototype ore cars with 37·5 tonne axleloads developed by CNR and assembled by local partner Oyamota as part of its programme to increase capacity on the Carajás Railway.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Vale plans to invest $21.4 billion on mining projects in 2012 after failing to meet spending targets this year. The Rio de Janeiro-based company will invest $12.95 billion on project execution, $2.4 billion on research and development and $6.1 billion on sustaining existing operations, it said in a regulatory filing. Iron-ore output will be 312 million metric tons, little changed from this year’s expected 311 million tons

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Police in Brazil's southeastern Sao Paulo state are investigating the theft of 50 metric tons (55 U.S. tons) of corn from a moving train.

A police report says the thieves greased the train tracks, making the wheels of the 54-wagon locomotive skid and slow down before they used a tow truck with a hook to remove the corn-filled containers.

The report says the theft occurred as the train traveled through a rural area about 180 miles (300 kilometers) north of the capital. The train was headed to the southeastern port of Santos with 60 metric tons (66 U.S. tons) of corn and sugar.

The case is reminiscent of Wild West robberies, where bandits on horses stole from moving trains.

 
wanderer53 Sir Nigel Gresley

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SAO PAULO, Dec. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Triunfo Participacoes e Investimentos (BM&FBovespa: TPIS3; OTC: TPIUY.PK), ALL - America Latina Logistica S.A. and Vetorial Participacoes S.A. unite to create Vetria Mineracao S.A.

As an integrated mine-logistics-port system, Vetria will operate in the processing, transport, commercialization and export of iron ore through (i) a multi-purpose private port to be built in the city of Santos, in the state of Sao Paulo; (ii) a railway transportation capacity provided in accordance with the provisions of a transportation service agreement signed with ALL; and (iii) an company owned mine located in the Urucum Massif, located in the region of Corumba, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. The Urucum Massif region is rich in high-quality iron ore, with an estimated average iron grade above 62%.

Further information available on the website http://www.triunfo.com/ir.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Published: 19 December 2011

CSP and POSCO E&C to build steel mill in Brazil

Companhia Siderúrgica do Pecém (CSP) and POSCO Engineering & Construction (POSCO E&C), an affiliate of the South Korean steel group POSCO, have signed a contract for the construction of the CSP steel mill in northeastern Brazil.

CSP is a joint venture formed by Vale, with a 50% stake and the South Korean steelmakers Dongkuk Steel and POSCO, with 30% and 20% stakes, respectively. POSCO Engineering & Construction will be responsible for engineering, equipment supply, construction and commissioning of the steel mill in Ceará state.

The integrated steel plant will have an annual production capacity of 3 mt of steel slabs, with potential for expansion to up to 6 mtpa in a second phase. Start-up is estimated for the first half of 2015.

CSP is one of the most important private projects in the Northeast region of Brazil, and one of the biggest in the country, requiring an estimated investment of US$4.69B. Besides steel slabs, CSP will also produce electricity for its own use, with surplus power sold on the domestic market.

The project will help the country's steel industry to continue growing, while adding value to iron ore and generating wealth and development for the state of Ceará and the rest of Brazil, Vale said.

The state was chosen due to its logistics facilities and its strategic location close to export markets. The steel mill will benefit from the port infrastructure at CIPP, which has good cargo loading and unloading facilities and transport access via roads and railroads.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Brazilian rail operator MRS Logística has signed a contract to provide freight services for local mining and metals firm MMX (Bovespa: MMXM3).

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro’s state plans to invest 1.7 billion reais ($911 million) to build a railway that will connect the main state port terminals, O Globo reported, citing a government official.

Valec - Engenharia, Construcoes & Ferrovias SA, a state- controlled company, will be responsible for the construction, according to Julio Lopes, Rio’s transportation secretary. The project also will receive financial support from Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4)Vale SA (VALE5) and EBX Group Ltd., Lopes told the Rio de Janeiro-based newspaper.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Published: 6 March 2012      
Brites in doubt

An iron ore export terminal project at Brazil's Port of Santos may be in doubt after the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) undertook a civil action asking the Justice Ministry to suspend whatever authorisation was given to allow work to begin at the Port of Brites in Largo Santa Rita.

The MPF argues that building a terminal in this particular area would destroy one of the most important ecological sanctuaries in the Americas, used by thousands of migrating birds, including 20 endangered species such as the emblematic scarlet ibis.

“No-one is against progress, but there are right and wrong ways to make it,” said Dr Fábio Ornos, professor of zoology at São Paulo State University and director of a leading Brazilin conservation group, Fundação Grupo Boticário.

The strip of land, between the islands of Barnabé and Bagres, was initially the proposed location of Complexo Brites, a container handling facility promoted by Triunfo Participações e Investimentos.

However, at the end of last year, this project was withdrawn and a proposal was put forward to build an export iron ore terminal (Vetria Mineração) by Triunfo in association with America Latina Logistica (ALL) and Vetorial Mineração.

The facility would enclose a water area of 1.9 km2 and the load-out piers would have a capacity to load 27.5 mtpa of iron ore from Maciço do Urucum in Corumbá (MS). Investment is put at Reais1.5B, but Triunfo has not said when construction work will start.

Brazil's environment agency, Ibama, had already given the project prior approval. The MPF has asked for the environmental licence to be cancelled and an embargo placed on cutting or removing vegetation from the area. 

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Australia-based Cabral Resources has signed a Protocol of Intentions with Brazil’s north-eastern Bahia state regarding future access to key rail and port links, the company announced on Friday March 9.

Under the protocol, it aims to access up to 15 million tonnes of annual iron ore capacity on the publicly-funded FIOL rail line and Porto Sul port development. The protocol has an initial duration of five years, which can be extended by agreement between the parties or by the period that any particular benefit survives. It confirms that Bahia state will use its best efforts to support Cabral and its projects in the use of both the FIOL rail line, currently under construction, and Porto Sul

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW



Brazilian mining company Vale SA (VALE, VALE5.BR) halted iron ore and passenger transport for an undetermined period on a stretch of its Carajas railroad in north Brazil after an accident occurred during bridge construction work, Brazil's Radio CBN reported early Sunday.

Traffic on the railroad was halted between Parauepebas in Para state and the port of Sao Luis in Maranhao state after a bridge structure collapsed, injuring seven Vale employees, CBN said.

The 892-kilometers long railroad links Vale's high-grade Carajas iron ore mines on its northern Brazil iron ore system to the coast for export.

Vale officials in Rio de Janeiro and Para states were unavailable for comment when contacted by Dow Jones Newswires.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Vale SA (VALE3), Brazil’s biggest exporter, has shut a railroad that transports production from the world’s largest iron ore mine after a construction accident.

Vale shut the Carajas railroad in northern Brazil after a bridge it was building next to the rail line collapsed March 16, the Rio de Janeiro-based company said in an e-mailed statement. Seven workers suffered “light injuries,” according to Vale, which didn’t provide an estimate for when transportation would resume.

The rail line links the Carajas mine with the port of Ponta da Madeira in the northeastern state of Maranhao, from where Vale exports iron ore to clients as far away as Asia. Vale produced a record 109.8 million metric tons of iron ore in Carajas last year, or about 34 percent of its total output, according to a Feb. 15 filing.

Vale also ships manganese, copper, fuels and coal along the 892-kilometer (554-mile) line, which uses the world’s largest train, made up of four locomotives and 330 cars, according to the company’s website. Carajas hosts the Sossego mine, Vale’s main source of copper production.

The railroad also operates a passenger train that transports about 1,300 people daily.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Operations at Brazilian miner Vale's (NYSE: VALE) Carajás railroad remain suspended after a metallic railway bridge under construction collapsed on March 16, a company press official confirmed

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Vale SA (VALE3), Brazil’s biggest exporter, said it will reopen operations tomorrow at a railroad that transports production from the world’s largest iron-ore mine after an accident lowered shipments by 300,000 metric tons.

Traffic at the Carajas railroad in northern Brazil will resume and the expected iron-ore shipment loss is “relatively small,” Vale said in a regulatory filing today. The company may be able to offset the loss by increasing shipments from other ports such as Tubarao, Ilha de Guaiba and Itaguai, it said.

“Vale has taken all the necessary measures to restore the railway traffic,” the company said.

Vale shut the Carajas railroad after part of a bridge it was building next to the railroad collapsed March 16, the Rio de Janeiro-based company said in an e-mailed statement over the weekend. Seven workers suffered “light injuries” during the accident, the Rio de Janeiro-based company said.

The railroad links the Carajas mine with the Ponta da Madeira port in Brazil’s northeastern state of Maranhao, from which Vale exports iron ore to clients as far away as Asia. Vale produced a record 109.8 million metric tons of iron ore in Carajas last year, or about 34 percent of its total output, according to a Feb. 15 filing.

Offsetting Losses

“Vale has been restocking at its own ports during the past couple of quarters, which could offset potential losses,” Barclays Plc analysts led by Leonardo Correa in Sao Paulo said today in a note to clients.

Vale also ships manganese, copper, fuels and coal along the 892-kilometer (554-mile) line, which uses the world’s largest train, made up of four locomotives and 330 cars, according to the company’s website. Carajas hosts the Sossego mine, Vale’s main source of copper production.

The railroad operates a passenger train that transports about 1,300 people daily.

Vale rose 0.6 percent to 41.14 reais at 1:08 p.m. in Sao Paulo. Iron ore for immediate delivery was unchanged at $144.70 a ton today, according to a price index compiled by The Steel Index Ltd.

 

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