QIT-Fer et Titane and Hatch receive prestigious 2008 PMI International Project of the Year Award

    MONTREAL, Oct. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - QIT-Fer et Titane and Hatch were
honoured with the prestigious PMI International Project of the Year Award for
their work on QIT's UGS plant expansion project during the Project Management
Institute (PMI) Global Congress in Denver, Colorado. The success of this
project comes from several factors, such as close collaboration between the
work teams and efficient, integrated management.
    The UGS (upgraded slag) plant expansion project, including the design and
construction of additional production lines for QIT's lixiviation and scoria
preparation facilities, got under way in the fall of 2005 with a budget of
$95 million.
    The purpose of this urgent project was to meet market demand by boosting
production capacity by 50,000 tonnes. Thanks to the work of a team of
innovative professionals, the project was completed three months ahead of
schedule and without negative impact on the daily output of the plant, which
was already operating at full capacity. It thus generated $13 million in
savings. To the great satisfaction of QIT management, the team even achieved
an additional increase in production of 25,000 tonnes. The project also
achieved a noteworthy safety record.
    "The integrated team rose with flying colours to the challenge of doing
things correctly and safely the first time around, while keeping the focus on
the business plan. There was a win-win partnership between the owner,
consultants and contractors," said José Domingos, executive director of
technical services at QIT-Fer et Titane, who was in charge of the project
    The PMI-International Project of the Year Award is awarded annually to a
company or community that has successfully deployed a major project that meets
high performance standards and shows exemplary management. In addition to
highlighting the excellent execution of a project, it provides recognition for
the work teams that have contributed to this success. It is the world's most
prestigious project management award.
    The award signals that the UGS plant expansion project has been
identified as the world's best example of project management. In January 2008,
the QIT-Fer et Titane/Hatch integrated team received the PMI Montreal
provincial Elixir 2008 Award in recognition of its exceptional project

    About Hatch

    Hatch is a consulting engineering group that supplies consulting services
in areas such as engineering, construction and project management. QIT-Fer et
Titane called on its engineering, design, construction, equipment design and
project management services to deploy its UGS plant expansion project.

    About QIT-Fer et Titane

    QIT-Fer et Titane, a wholly owned subsidiary of the British-Australian
Rio Tinto group, is a mining and metallurgical company. It employs
approximately 2,000 people at its Havre-Saint-Pierre mine and metallurgical
complex at Sorel-Tracy. It is one of the leading producers of titanium dioxide
and a world leader in producing high-quality iron and steel. In recent years,
Rio Tinto has invested over $1 billion in the Sorel-Tracy metallurgical
complex in order to meet customer needs.

    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: Media Relations, QIT-Fer et Titane: Chantal
Capistran, (450) 746 3074, chantal.capistran@qit.com; www.riotinto.com;

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