May 17, 2020

Vale moves ahead with the S11D project following mining licence approval

Iron ore
brazil mine
Dale Benton
2 min
Vale moves ahead with the S11D project following mining licence approval
Brazilian mining giant Vale has announced that it has obtained the operating mining licence for its S11D mine and plant, the largest iron ore project in...

Brazilian mining giant Vale has announced that it has obtained the operating mining licence for its S11D mine and plant, the largest iron ore project in the company’s history and the in the history of mining.

The company announced the licence last week which will be valid for 10 years from the Ibama environmental agency after it verified the compliance of the actions and envrionmetnal control mesures executred by Vale during the installation licence.

Here’s what we know about the S11D project:

Consisting of a mine and plant, S11D is located in Canaa dos Carahas, southeast Para.

The project will officially commence commercial operations in January 2017.

Vale will install an iron ore mine and processing plant, with three production lines - each one able to process 30 million metric tons per year.

The project name comes from its location: block D of ore body S11, which lies in the Southern Hills of Carajás. To the north is Carajás Mine, operating since 1985 in the neighbouring municipality of Parauapebas.

S11D is one block of an ore body, which has been divided up into four parts: A, B, C and D. The mineral potential of the S11 ore body is 10 billion metric tons of iron ore, of which blocks C and D alone possesses reserves of 4.24 billion metric tons.

Drilling in the region originally took place in the 1970s. At the turn of the century, the first technical capacity and financial viability studies were carried out, which led to the project's present configuration.

The project's preliminary licence was issued in June 2012 and its installation licence was obtained one year later. The mine's lifespan is currently estimated to be 48 years.

In total, around $16 – 17 billion will be invested in the S11D iron Project, with $6.8billion dedicated to the installation of the mine and plant.

Once fully operational, the project is expected to produce 90 million metric tonnes of iron ore.

When S11D hits full operating capacity, it is expected to bring Vale’s total iron ore production in Para up to 230 million metric tonnes per year, a significant increase from its current 109 million.

S11D will boast a 93 percent reduction in water consumption when compared to the conventional process of other mine sites, with 86 percent of water captured on site to be reused.

Vale is expecting to bring about 2,600 long-term jobs in the region.


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Jun 2, 2021

Ericsson Private 5G to transform secure on-site connectivity

Smart Mining
3 min
Ericsson Private 5G is a next-gen private cellular 4G & 5G network tailored to drive Industry 4.0 and the digital transformation of industries like mining

Ericsson has launched Ericsson Private 5G. It offers secure and simple 4G LTE and 5G Standalone (SA) connectivity primarily targeting manufacturing, mining and process industries, offshore and power utilities, as well as ports and airports.



Ericsson Private 5G optimizes and simplifies business operations with cloud-based network management, keeps sensitive data on-premise, has zero downtime upgrades and guarantees high performance through Service-Level Agreements (SLAs).

It is easily installed within hours at any facility and can be scaled to support larger coverage areas, more devices and higher capacity when needed. The product is designed to be flexible and will support a range of deployment sizes, depending on requirements, to suit varied needs. Businesses can manage their networks and integrate with IT/OT systems via an open API.


Ericsson Private 5G builds upon Ericsson’s 4G/5G radio and dual mode core technology, enabling a wide variety of use cases for both indoor and outdoor environments while integrating well with business operations, devices and applications. As a result, companies can improve productivity, give their customers more value and provide better working environments for employees.

Innovative use cases include tracking assets and real-time automation to improve productivity in warehouses, and a digital twin that can help to optimize manufacturing operations. Efficient quality inspections can also be performed via augmented reality or smart surveillance drones to increase worker safety, particularly in potentially hazardous environments such as ports and mines.


Ericsson already has a significant track record of operational 4G and 5G private network deployments with customers worldwide. Ericsson Private 5G builds on the success of that solution portfolio and deployment insights, as well as insights from projects such as 5G-Industry Campus Europe.

Peter Burman, Program Manager Mine Automation, at Swedish mining company Boliden, commented: “Automation, and safety through automation in our mining operations is an absolute must for us. Ericsson Private 5G is exactly what Boliden needs to bring high quality, fast and secure connectivity into potentially hazardous environments allowing us to mobilize efficiency and safety improving use cases.

Niels König, Coordinator 5G-Industry Campus Europe, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT added: “Private 5G networks are highly attractive for producing companies because of the uncompromised performance that 5G can bring, allowing them to tackle the challenges of production. Efficiently deploying and using network solutions in enterprises requires simplicity in installation, flexibility in connecting to existing production IT and lean operations while at the same time being able to scale the network to meet future challenges. Ericsson Private 5G delivers exactly these capabilities.”


Enterprise Networks

Leo Gergs, Senior Analyst, ABI Research, noted: “With this new offering, Ericsson will be able to address key trends in the enterprise cellular market.  The value proposition will appeal to operators and service providers as the solution hides technology complexity and therefore reduces the barrier of entry to deployment for many different flavors of enterprise networks.”

Thomas Noren, Head of Dedicated Networks, Business Area Technologies and New Businesses, Ericsson, revealed: “With Ericsson Private 5G, we take the best of Ericsson’s current portfolio and top it up with the best of our new technology. We do this to give businesses what they need to improve productivity, enable new offerings and give employees a better working environment. With Ericsson Private 5G, we also give operators a better way to serve business customers and leverage their assets - in short, to grow beyond mobile broadband.”

Ericsson recently joined a three-year initiative to develop autonomous, carbon-neutral mining processes supported by 5G connectivity. Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, the $16mn Next-Generation Carbon-Neutral Pilots for Smart Intelligent Mining Systems (NEXGEN SIMS) project is being coordinated by Swedish mining and infrastructure equipment manufacturer, Epiroc, in cooperation with a range of industry-diverse partners, including: Ericsson, K+S, Boliden, Agnico Eagle Finland, KGHM Polska and Luleå University of Technology.

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