Rio Tinto Alcan contributes $4 million for the new Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium of Montreal



    MONTREAL, Dec. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan today announced that it
will contribute $4 million as the founding sponsor for the construction of the
new Montreal Planetarium. The new facility will be named the Rio Tinto Alcan
Planetarium of Montreal and will be constructed in the same area as Montreal's
other scientific institutions: the Biodome, Insectarium, and Botanical
Gardens.
    "Rio Tinto Alcan is proud to support the creation of the new
planetarium", said Dick Evans, chief executive of Rio Tinto Alcan. "The
Montreal Planetarium has been a dynamic educational institution in the City
for decades. Rio Tinto Alcan's support of a new and revitalised planetarium
underscores our commitment to the social and economic vitality of Montreal,
our home town. It demonstrates Rio Tinto Alcan's determination to ensure that
the true cultural treasures of the city of Montreal and the province of Quebec
continue to flourish," he concluded.
    In addition to being the project's premier donor, Rio Tinto Alcan is
discussing the possibility of using its products in the construction of the
new facility which will be a LEED-certified building. Aluminium is almost
infinitely recyclable, making it one of the world's most sustainable products
and building materials.
    Rio Tinto Alcan has been an integral contributor to Quebec's social
fabric and well-being since it established its presence in the province more
than 100 years ago. The Group supports more than 200 organizations in Quebec,
most recently highlighted through its sponsorship of the Festival
International de Jazz de Montréal and its support of St-Justine's Hospital.

    About Rio Tinto

    Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London 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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For further information:

For further information: Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Montreal:
Bryan Tucker, (514) 848-8151, media.relations@alcan.com,
questions@riotinto.com; Website: www.riotinto.com; High resolution photographs
available at: www.newscast.co.uk

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