Australia's Rio Tinto hits record production in Sept. quarter

14:44, October 14, 2010      

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Australia's mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd said on Thursday that it achieved record production in iron ore, alumina and coking coal in the September quarter.

Rio Tinto's share of iron ore production in the three months to Sept. 30 was 47.608 million tonnes (Mt), up from 43.61 Mt in the June quarter.

Its share of alumina production was 2.347 Mt, up from 2.24 Mt previously, while coking coal rose to 2.43 Mt from 2.39 Mt previously.

Rio Tinto said its global iron ore operations were expected to continue producing at close to nameplate capacity for the rest of the year.

The iron ore production during the first nine months of this year was 10 percent higher than the same period of 2009.

Rio Tinto said the continued recovery of its production reflected improving market fundamentals compared with the difficult conditions of 2009.



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