Mitsui to spend $1.2 bn on Rio Tinto JV expansion

Mitsui to spend $1.2 bn on Rio Tinto JV expansion

Tokyo: Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co said on Wednesday it will spend ¥100 billion ($1.2 billion) to help increase shipments of iron ore produced by a joint venture with Rio Tinto.

Iron ore shipments will rise to 133 million tonnes a year from 80 million tonnes, Mitsui said in a statement.

The investment will expand a port in Cape Lambert in Western Australia that is used to ship iron ore produced at the Robe River joint venture.

Rio Tinto owns 53% of the venture and Mitsui 33%.

The total cost of the planned expansion is ¥300 billion and the joint venture participants will share the cost on pro-rata basis. It is due to be completed by the end of 2013.

“Through this expansion, we hope to meet rising iron ore demand in the medium to long term," Mitsui said in a statement.

Mitsui’s shares closed up 0.7% at ¥1,325 ahead of the announcement.

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