Commodity  Iron ore
Technology Mobile Crushing Plant
Application In-Pit Crushing and Conveying (IPCC)
Study type Customer story
Country Brazil

As part of this investment, Vale focused on more sustainable mining solutions. This includes a truckless mining system based on continuous in-pit crushing and conveying (IPCC) technology. Ore is dumped into this system by excavator via mobile crushers. These feed a network of 68 km of mobile and fixed conveyers, which take the ore to the beneficiation plant and stockpiles. 


When compared to a truck-and-shovel operation of comparable capacity, the use of this electric-powered and continuously operating system:* 


  • Lowers energy consumption by 67%.
  • Cuts CO2e emissions by 73%.
  • Reduces operating costs by at least 15%. 

Overall, the use of IPCC at S11D has resulted in a significantly greener mining footprint and supports Vale’s global sustainability goals. 


*based on FLSmidth in-house calculations. 



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