SHANGHAI Rio Tinto Plcs global iron ore production
on an attributable basis during the fourth quarter of
2012 slipped to 52 million tonnes, down 1.3 percent from
the third quarters record high.
The worlds second-largest iron ore miners output
from its Pilbara operations in western Australia on an
attributable basis also fell 1.3 percent during the quarter to
49.7 million tonnes, according to AMM sister publication Steel
Firsts calculations based on data announced Jan. 15 by
Rio Tintos fourth-quarter output of Pilbara Blend fines
dropped 6 percent quarter over quarter to 17.7 million tonnes.
Sales on a 100-percent basis from its western Australia
operations reached a new record of 62.9 million tonnes during
the quarter ended Dec. 31, up 3.1 percent compared with the
Rio Tintos global iron ore output for the whole of 2012
on an attributable basis totaled 198.9 million tonnes, up 3.6
percent year on year.
Its global shipment of iron ore on a 100-percent basis amounted
to a record 247 million tonnes last year, up 3.3 percent from
2011, despite severe weather disruptions during the first
quarter (of) 2012 and a significant maintenance shutdown at the
Cape Lambert facilities in the second quarter.
In November, Rio Tinto increased its production capacity at
Pilbara to 237 million tonnes per year from 230 million tonnes
through de-bottlenecking and productivity improvement, which
will push its expansion target to 360 million tonnes per year
from 353 million tonnes by the end of the first half of
A version of this article
was first published by AMM sister publication Steel