cent) coal mines. In New South Wales, RTCA manages Coal & Allied’s coal mines which include, as of December 31, 2015, Hunter Valley Operations (80 per cent), Mount Thorley (64 per cent) and Warkworth (44.5 per cent). In 2015, these operations produced 22.3 million tonnes of semi-soft and thermal coal, and 7.9 million tonnes of metallurgical coal. Greenfield Projects La Granja (100 per cent): Located in northern Peru, the La Granja project is an undeveloped copper resource. Resolution Copper (55 per cent): The Resolution Copper project, located in Arizona, the U.S., is an undeveloped copper deposit. Diamonds & Minerals Product Group The Diamonds & Minerals product group comprises demand-led businesses, which include mining, refining, and marketing operations across five sectors. Rio Tinto Diamonds (RTD) is a diamond producer; and manufactures, sells and markets diamonds from its mines in Australia and Canada. Rio Tinto Minerals (RTM) has a borate mine in the U.S., processing plants, and commercial and research facilities. Rio Tinto Iron & Titanium (RTIT) is a provider of high-grade titanium dioxide feedstocks, with operations in Canada, Madagascar and South Africa. Dampier Salt (DSL) is a producer of seaborne salt and the Uranium business includes production facilities in Australia and Namibia. The Diamonds & Minerals product group also includes the Simandou iron ore project in Guinea, an undeveloped high-grade iron ore resource. Products Diamonds: The company services all established and emerging markets as it produces the range of diamonds in terms of size, quality, and colour distribution. Titanium Dioxide: The minerals ilmenite and rutile, together with titanium dioxide slag, could be transformed into a white titanium dioxide pigment or titanium metal. The white pigment is a key component in paints, plastics, paper, inks, textiles, food, sunscreen, and cosmetics. Titanium metal is used in medical applications and in the aerospace industry. Borates: Refined borates are used in various products and processes. They are a vital ingredient of various building materials and automotive applications, and are essential nutrients for crops. They are used in glass and ceramic applications, including fibreglass, television screens, floor and wall tiles, and heat-resistant glass. Salt: Salt is a basic raw material for the chemicals industry and is indispensable to a range of automotive, construction, and electronic products, as well as for water treatment, food, and healthcare. Uranium: Uranium is a natural energy source, and is used in the production of stable, base-load electricity. After uranium ore is mined, it is processed into uranium oxide. This product is sold for processing into fuel rods for use in nuclear power stations. Other products from the Diamonds & Minerals product group include high purity iron, metal powders and zircon. RTD: RTD is a producer of rough diamonds, with a product portfolio that provides a presence in all major markets and market segments. The company’s diamonds assets comprise the Argyle Diamond Mine in Australia (100 per cent), the Diavik Diamond Mine in Canada (60 per cent) and the Bunder diamond project in India (100 per cent). In 2015, the company sold its 78 per cent interest in Murowa Diamonds in Zimbabwe. RTD markets its share of rough diamond production through its centralized sales and marketing office; and has a branded business based in Perth, Australia, which polishes, markets and sells its rare Argyle pink diamonds. RTD produced 17.4 million carats of rough diamonds in 2015. RTIT: RTIT mines ilmenite at its wholly-owned Rio Tinto Fer et Titane (RTFT) operation in Canada; its managed operation Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in South Africa (74 per cent); and its QIT Madagascar Minerals operation (80 per cent). RTIT produces high-grade titanium dioxide feedstocks at its metallurgical complexes at RTFT and RBM, as well as co-products, including high purity iron, steel, metal powders and zircon. RTM: RTM (100 per cent) supplies approximately 30 per cent of the world’s refined borates from its deposit in Boron, California. RTM also has borates refin
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