RIO TINTO'S AND CHALCO'S GUINEA IRON ORE DEVELOPMENT MAY COMMENCE PRODUCTION AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
Mining.com has reported that Hong Kong listed Chalco (02600) is to transfer its $1.8 billion investment in its Guinea iron ore project to its state-owned parent company. The possible transfer has been interpreted as a sign that China may be considering increasing its investment in the ambitious $20 billion project. The project is 51% owned by Rio Tinto, with Chalco having a 45% share. The remainder is owned by of the World Bank. The project located in Simandou in the Nzérékoré Region of south-eastern Guinea, aims to produce 95 million tonnes per year and has the potential to shift the balance in the global iron ore trade.