Rio Tinto chief executive J-S Jacques said “Rio Tinto has delivered another robust quarter of operational performance. We continue to focus on value and maximising cash flow from our assets, through both commercial and operational excellence while maintaining capital discipline. This will ensure that Rio Tinto is well-positioned to generate compelling and consistent returns for our shareholders.”
- Second quarter Pilbara iron ore sales achieved a run-rate of close to 330 million tonnes per annum (100 per cent basis) in line with annual guidance. Sales exceeded production in the quarter, partially unwinding the inventory build in the first quarter.
- Bauxite production was nine per cent higher than the first half of 2015. This enabled a five per cent increase in third party sales over the first half of 2015.
- First half aluminium production was ten per cent higher than the same period in 2015, with the modernised and expanded Kitimat smelter delivering its first full quarter at nameplate capacity.
- Mined copper was in line with the first half of 2015 as strong performances at both Rio Tinto Kennecott and Oyu Tolgoi, as well as a contribution from Grasberg, offset a weaker performance from Escondida.
- On 6 May 2016, Rio Tinto and its partners, the Government of Mongolia and Turquoise Hill Resources, announced the next stage in the development of Oyu Tolgoi. Following the approval of the underground project, over $4 billion of project financing has been drawn down.
- On 21 June 2016, Rio Tinto announced changes to its organisational structure. The Group continues to be organised into four product groups: Aluminium, Copper & Diamonds, Energy & Minerals (including Iron Ore Company of Canada) and Iron Ore, complemented by a newly-shaped Growth & Innovation group, which will focus on future assets and technical support.
Source: Rio Tinto