Samarco Mineração S.A. has set a monthly production record during August 2023 of 824,829 metric tons (mt) of high-grade pellets in a single pelletizing line with its 816 m2 Metso Pelletizing Plant Indurating Machine No. 4 at its Ubu site in Brazil. At an annual level, the production is equivalent to approximately 8.8 to 9 million mt/y of pellets in a single machine. Samarco has installed three additional Metso pelletizing plants at its Ubu site.

“We’re very excited to see Samarco breaking their monthly iron ore pellet production record and would like to congratulate the whole team for this great achievement,” said Pedro Sousa, sales manager, ferrous and heat transfer for Metso in South America.

Samarco and Metso are discussing the revamp of the three other plants to continue increasing pellet production and decarbonizing the steel industry processes using sustainable technologies. Metso’s traveling grate pelletizing process produces uniform pellets, ensuring high performance and quality with low investment and operating costs, as well as decreased energy consumption and emissions.