Anglo American receives Environmental Assessment Certificate for Roman project

Anglo American receives Environmental Assessment Certificate for Roman project 
VANCOUVER, Dec. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Anglo American today welcomed the British 
Columbian Government's decision to approve an Environmental Assessment 
Certificate for the Roman project, an open cut expansion of the Trend mine 
near Tumbler Ridge in north-east British Columbia. 
Roman has the potential to produce up to four million tonnes of metallurgical 
coal per year and employ up to 450 people over its estimated 16 year mine life. 
Anglo American's Metallurgical Coal business owns 100 per cent of Peace River 
Coal Inc. (PRC), the proponent for the Roman project and operator of the 
adjacent Trend mine. 
Metallurgical Coal Chief Executive Officer, Mr Seamus French, said Anglo 
American would invest over $200 million to develop the Roman project over its 
life and its delivery was a key step in Anglo American's growth plans for 
"We see tremendous opportunity in the Roman resource and plan to build on the 
success of the existing Trend operation, which has gone from strength to 
strength since Anglo American's 100 per cent acquisition in October 2011, 
including production increasing by 50 per cent," Mr French said. 
"A comprehensive environmental management plan has been developed for the 
project and we look forward to progressing with our detailed mine plan. 
"We will create many synergies with the current Trend mine and once 
operational, the Roman project will be fully integrated and utilize as much of 
the existing equipment and infrastructure as possible," Mr French said. 
Additional plant capacity and mining equipment will be required in order to 
achieve and sustain maximum production. 
Once the mine plan is complete, Anglo American will apply for a Mines Act 
Permit Amendment. 
"Anglo American remains committed to providing employment opportunities for 
local and First Nations community members," Mr French said. 
"We will increase recruitment in the north-east of BC, particularly for those 
people from communities closest to the mine, while retaining our employees at 
Trend," Mr French said. 
Construction is expected to begin as soon as the permitting process allows it. 
Project delivery timings for Roman will be staged to match the current market 
Notes to editors: 
Anglo American is one of the world's largest mining companies, is 
headquartered in the UK and listed on the London and Johannesburg stock 
exchanges. Anglo American's portfolio of mining businesses spans bulk 
commodities - iron ore and manganese, metallurgical coal and thermal coal; 
base metals - copper and nickel; and precious metals and minerals - in which 
it is a global leader in both platinum and diamonds. Anglo American is 
committed to the highest standards of safety and responsibility across all its 
businesses and geographies and to making a sustainable difference in the 
development of the communities around its operations. The company's mining 
operations, extensive pipeline of growth projects and exploration activities 
span southern Africa, South America, Australia, North America, Asia and 
Peace River External Affairs (Canada): Federico Velásquez: +1 604 699 6696; 
+1 604 813 8333 
Metallurgical Coal Corporate Affairs (Australia): Jacqui Strambi: +61 439 
774 526 
SOURCE: Anglo American 
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