Vila Nova is an open pit, iron ore mine located in Amapá State in northern Brazil.
It is currently on care and maintenance pending a recovery in iron ore prices.
||Amapa State, Brazil
|Expected mine life
| Deposit type
|Resources & Reserves
* Based on current proven and probable reserves and when the operation is restarted.
Geology and Mineralization
Vila Nova deposit is hosted within a hematite-rich banded iron formation within the Vila Nova Group of Paleoproterozoic age located in a greenstone belt of the southern Guyana Shield. The sedimentary sequence consists of clastic and chemical metasedimentary units with mafic metavolcanic rocks at the base. The region has been subjected to greenschist to amphibolite facies metamorphism and associated deformation. The deposit is a steeply dipping outcropping hematite body, 5 to 40 meters thick, that trends approximately north-south with a narrow fold limb extending to the northwest. The resource contains massive and laminated hematite with minor intercalations of schist in the central and southern part of the ore body and softer granular hematite in the north, particularly north of the Vila Nova River where it becomes interspersed with iron rich schist (itabirite).