The Department of Environment and Sustainability of Brazil’s state Para Sernas has granted the installation license to Brazilian iron ore giant Vale’s subsidiary Tecnored for green pig iron production in the city of Maraba in Para state of Brazil. The plant, which will also include a biomass processing facility, will produce 500,000 tonne per year of low carbon pig iron. The plant is expected to commence productions by 2025 or 2026Tecnored uses a low carbon pig iron process to produce the product by using corn biomass. The technology is one of the company's main decarbonisation initiatives. The main difference between regular BF pig iron and the pig iron produced in Tecnored furnace is reduction chemistry. The Tecnored process uses cold bonded selTreducing agglomerates, pellets or briquettes, produced from iron ore fines or iron bearing residues, plus fines of pet coke, coal, charcoal, or carbon bearing residues. The technology includes the use of energy sources, such as biomass, syngas, which emit less carbon than the coal during the production process.