Production disruption at Rio Tinto Alcan joint venture, Anglesey Aluminium Metal Ltd., following power equipment failure

    MONTREAL, June 13 /PRNewswire/ - Anglesey Aluminium Metal Ltd. (AAM),
 U.K., 51 percent owned by Rio Tinto Alcan, suffered a significant failure
 in the rectifier yard on the evening of June 12 that resulted in a
 localised fire in one of the power transformers. The fire was extinguished
 by the local fire brigade.
     "Safety of our employees is our first priority and we are grateful that
 there were no injuries or environmental impacts to the surrounding
 community as a result of the incident," said David Bloor, Managing Director
 of Anglesey Aluminium Metal Ltd.
     The incident resulted in a loss of power across the smelter and
 employees are working to restore operational stability.
     Due to safety and operational reasons, some capacity has been taken off
 line. The smelter is currently operating at one third of its total capacity
 of 148,000 tonnes.
     The incident and overall impact is under investigation. Once the
 situation has stabilized operational alternatives will be evaluated.
     About Rio Tinto
     Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
 UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE 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, energy (coal and
 uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc)
 and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in
 Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America,
 Asia, Europe and southern Africa.


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