FORM 6-K

                                 UNITED STATES
                             WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549


                        REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
                      PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 or 15d-16 OF
                      THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

                             For December 14, 2001

                           Companhia Vale do Rio Doce
             (Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

                        Valley of the Doce River Company
                (Translation of Registrant's name into English)

                         Federative Republic of Brazil
                (Jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)


                          Avenida Graca Aranha, No. 26
                      20005-900 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
                    (Address of principal executive offices)


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                           Companhia Vale do Rio Doce

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This Form 6-K contains the following:

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1.    Press Release, dated December 13, 2001, entitled
        "ALBRAS Brownfield expansion".............................           3


     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

                                          COMPANHIA VALE DO RIO DOCE

                                          By: /s/ Eduardo de Carvalho Duarte
                                             Name:  Eduardo de Carvalho Duarte
                                             Title: Chief Accountant

Dated: December 14, 2001

                                                                          Item 1

[LOGO OMITTED] Companhia                                           Press Release
               Vale do Rio Doce

                          ALBRAS BROWNFIELD EXPANSION

Rio de Janeiro, December 13, 2001 - Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) informs
that ALBRAS - Aluminio Brasileiro S.A. (Albras), a company in which its wholly
owned subsidiary Vale do Rio Doce S.A. - Aluvale holds 51% of the total
capital, concluded today the expansion of its nominal production capacity of
45,000 tonnes per year.

Albras' new primary aluminum production capacity is 406,000 tonnes per year. It
is the biggest aluminum smelter in Brazil and one of the lowest cash cost
producers in the world.

There were invested approximately US$ 55 million, corresponding to a cost of
US$ 1,222 per tonne of additional capacity. It is a very low capex cost, even
considering that it is a brownfield project.

Albras expansion is part of CVRD strategy of creating value through the
exploration of profitable growth opportunities. Its global competitiveness is
supported by low capex and opex costs.


                                        For further information, please contact:
                  Roberto Castello Branco: castello@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4540
                              Andreia Reis: andreis@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4643
                             Barbara Geluda: geluda@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4557
                            Daniela Tinoco: daniela@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4946

This release includes "forward-looking statements" that express expectations of
future events or results. All statements based on future expectations rather
than on historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve a number
of risks and uncertainties, and the company cannot give assurance that such
statements will prove to be correct.