Orbite Aluminae Inc. and Veolia Environmental Services Create Partnership to Recycle and Remediate Red Mud Generated by Alumina

  Orbite Aluminae Inc. and Veolia Environmental Services Create Partnership to
  Recycle and Remediate Red Mud Generated by Alumina

Business Wire

PARIS & MONTREAL -- February 4, 2013

Regulatory News :

Orbite Aluminae Inc. (“Orbite”) and Veolia Environmental Services (“Veolia”)
(Paris:VIE) signed an exclusive worldwide collaborative agreement for the
treatment and recycling of red mud generated by industrial alumina production
using the Bayer process. The terms of the partnership include the construction
of the first plant to treat red mud using Orbite’s patented process.

Red mud is a caustic waste that is difficult to treat because existing
purification processes are complicated, costly, and ineffective. Red mud often
remains stored in situ, which increases the risk of accidental spills. To meet
this environmental and complex challenge facing the aluminum industry, Orbite
and Veolia Environmental Services endeavour to bring the solution to treat the
red mud stockpiled around the world in an economically and socially
sustainable manner. The Orbite process is the only proven and commercially
viable eco-friendly technology for treating Bayer process tailings; it
recovers their entire commercial value and can extend the lifespan of Bayer
plants.

Orbite is a Canadian company whose unique green technologies are setting new
standards for the aluminum industry. These technologies allow for the
extraction of smelter-grade alumina and high-purity alumina, as well as other
products such as rare earths and rare metals, from various feedstocks
including aluminous clay and bauxite, all without producing red mud.

Veolia Environmental Services is the only worldwide integrated operator
covering the entire value chain of waste management (collection, sanitation,
treatment and recovery).

“Demand for alumina continues to grow on a global scale,” commented Mr.
Richard Boudreault, President and CEO of Orbite, “and worldwide stocks of
untreated red mud are estimated at nearly three billion tonnes. By partnering
together, Orbite and Veolia become the global leader in the treatment and
recycling of red mud, which is one of the main environmental challenges for
the aluminum industry.”

“Our unmatched presence in the waste value chain serves a long-term vision
that drives us to build sustainable partnerships such as the one drawn up with
Orbite. They are the key to best mining practice and guaranteeing supply that
Veolia Environmental Services can bring to meet rising industry demand which
is a major environmental challenge” said Pascal Decary, Senior Executive
Vice-President of Veolia Environmental Services.

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Orbite Aluminae Inc. is a Canadian company whose unique green technologies
allow the extraction of alumina and other high-value products, such as rare
earths and rare metals, from various sources, such as aluminous clay, kaolin,
nepheline, and bauxite, all without generating the caustic waste associated
with the Bayer process commonly known as “red mud.” These technologies also
permit the remediation and reclamation of industrial waste, including fly ash
from coal combustion and red mud. Orbite is currently commissioning its
commercial high-purity alumina production plant in Cap-Chat, Quebec. The
Company also holds fourteen families of intellectual property rights worldwide
for its unique alumina extraction process. www.orbitealuminae.com

Veolia Environmental Services. Veolia Environmental Services is the global
benchmark for waste management and resource recovery, and the only operator
across all segments of the waste management business (solid, liquid,
non-hazardous and hazardous waste). The company contributes to a better
environment by providing its municipal and industrial clients with innovative,
efficient waste management services that span waste collection, pipe system
management, and waste treatment, recovery and recycling solutions. Veolia
Environmental Services generated 2011 revenue of 9.7 billion euros.
www.veolia-environmentalservices.com

 Press release also available on our web site: http://www.finance.veolia.com

Contact:

Analyst and institutional investor contact:
Ronald Wasylec
+33 1 71 75 12 23
or
US Investors contact
Terri Anne Powers
Tel +1312-552-2890
 
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