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Rio Tinto, Fer et Titane launches two major environmental improvement projects at its Sorel-Tracy operations in Quebec

December 6, 2012

SOREL-TRACY, QC, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Rio Tinto, Fer et Titane
(RTFT), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Rio Tinto Group will initiate
two major environmental improvement projects at its metallurgical
complex in Sorel-Tracy in Quebec, Canada. The two projects are expected
to require an investment of CAD$107 million.

Dominique Bouchard, president of Rio Tinto, Fer et Titane, said: “These
two major projects will allow us to improve our environmental
performance by lowering sulphur dioxide (SO(2)) emissions and improving dust collection. This investment demonstrates
our  relentless focus to improve our operations and maintain our
leading position in our industry, but more importantly to reducing our
environmental footprint.”

The first project will require the construction of a new emissions
treatment plant which will house a central processing system that will
be connected to the rotary furnace’s exhaust ducts of the neighboring
Ore Pre-treatment Plant. This new treatment plant will reduce the
environmental footprint of RTFT’s operations by lowering the SO(2) emissions of the metallurgical complex in Sorel-Tracy by more than 60
per cent. Construction on this CAD$85 million plant is expected to
begin in 2013 and should be completed in late 2014.

The second project will see the installation of new dust collecting
systems which will help reduce the concentration of particles from
RTFT’s facilities and will enable RTFT to comply with Quebec’s new
environmental regulations that will take effect in 2013. This project
is expected to require an investment of CAD$22 million and will be
completed in summer 2013.

This investment is part of RTFT’s May 2011 announcement of an expected
five-year CAD$800 million portfolio of projects aimed at improving and
sustaining its Quebec operations. Over the last 18 months, several
projects in this portfolio have been launched and represent more than
CAD$200 million of investments and 81 new jobs at RTFT facilities in

Rio Tinto, Fer et Titane has operated in Quebec for more than 60 years,
and is a world leader in producing high quality titanium dioxide
feedstock, cast iron, steel and metal powders. The business is part of
Rio Tinto Iron & Titanium (RTIT), which supplies approximately 19 per
cent of global demand from its operations in Quebec, South Africa and
Madagascar. Titanium dioxide is mainly used to produce titanium
pigment, the world’s most commonly used white pigment, and adds opacity
to paper, paints and plastics.

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and New York Stock Exchange
listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the
Australian Securities Exchange.

Rio Tinto’s business is finding, mining, and processing mineral
resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, thermal and
metallurgical coal, uranium, gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium
dioxide and salt) and iron ore. Activities span the world and are
strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant
businesses in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America.

SOURCE Rio Tinto Fer et Titane

Source: PR Newswire