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Rio Tinto Adds Nickel to Portfolio with Approval of Eagle Mine

Rio Tinto's Eagle, a nickel and copper mine in Michigan worth $469 million, has been approved. This is the second overseas investment by Rio Tinto after the Australian government announced the RSPT mining tax.

The Eagle mine will add nickel to the Rio Tinto mineral portfolio. Rio copper chief executive Andrew Harding said Eagle would be the only nickel mine in the US, and the first mine to be built in Michigan in decades.

The Eagle deposit and the Eagle East project are 100% owned by Rio Tinto and are located 42 kilometres northwest of Marquette in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The terrain is generally flat and easily accessible by existing roads.

Eagle will produce separate nickel and copper concentrates containing an average of 17,300 and 13,200 tonnes per year of nickel and copper metal respectively over six years. Funding will enable construction of a new underground mine, associated surface facilities for servicing the mine, rehabilitation of an existing mill and development of a multi-use access road. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is a highly prospective region for nickel and copper exploration and Rio Tinto is actively exploring for additional resources in the immediate area.

Rio Tinto seems to be reevaluating its mining investments in Australia after the RSPT was announced. It has also invested in the resumption of expansion of a $235 million iron ore mine in Canada.

Joel Scanlon

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Joel, originally from the UK, emigrated to Australia in 1995 and spent 5 years working in the mining industry as an exploration Geo-technician where he developed skills in GIS Mapping and CAD. Joel also spent a year working underground in a gold/copper mine. Upon moving to the North Coast of NSW, Australia Joel worked as a graphic designer for a leading consultancy firm before starting a successful business providing graphic and web design services to local businesses on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Joel is skilled in project management, content production, design, animation, database and networking, software, and editing. Joel has been with AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000.

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