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Revenue from the shipments was US$14.3mn, according to data from Brazil's trade department Secex.
Of the total invested in S11D, US$6.4bn was spent on the mine and plant and US$7.9bn on a 101km railroad and an expansion of the Carajás railroad and the Ponta da Madeira port terminal in São Luís, Maranhão state.
The project, originally due to be completed in December 2014 and dubbed the Eliezer Batista S11D complex, is the largest mining initiative in the world, according to Vale.
Vale said the project's ramp-up will happen over four years to maximize margins and optimize the mix of products.
"The nominal production of 90Mt/y will be reached in 2020, adding a 75Mt net capacity to the northern system, which also includes the mines in the Carajás complex and Serra Leste," Vale said in December. "The northern region alone should offer about 155Mt/y in 2016. In 2020, it is expected to offer 230Mt/y, contributing to Vale's estimated annual production [of] between 400-450Mt/y in four years."