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

    MONTREAL, June 13 /CNW Telbec/ - 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
    "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.

For further information:

For further information: Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations: Stefano
Bertolli, (514) 848-8151,; Rio Tinto Alcan Media
Relations, Primary Metal, Europe: Martin Charron, 33 06 19 62 47 49,;

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