Rio Tinto, Fer et Titane Launches Two Major Environmental Improvement Projects at its Sorel-Tracy Operations in Quebec

Rio Tinto, Fer et Titane Launches Two Major Environmental Improvement Projects
                   at its Sorel-Tracy Operations in Quebec

  PR Newswire

  SOREL-TRACY, Quebec, December 6, 2012

SOREL-TRACY, Quebec, December 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 ourrelentless 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 Havre-Saint-Pierre.

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.

For further information:

Media relations, Rio Tinto  Canada Claudine Gagnon T: +1-514-848-8151 Investor relations, North America Jason Combes
Office: +1(0)801-204-2919 Mobile: +1(0)801-558-2645

Chef de service, communications Rio Tinto, Fer et Titane Nathalie LeMay T:
+1-450-746-8619 Website:
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