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13 November 2012

Anglo American update on Minas-Rio iron ore project

Anglo American plc (“Anglo American”) announces an update in relation to its 26.5 mtpa Minas-Rio iron ore project in Brazil.

In its Half-Year Financial Report in July 2012, Anglo American reported that, subject to resolving the existing licensing challenges facing the Minas-Rio project by the end of 2012 and not encountering additional unexpected interventions, first ore on ship was anticipated to be delayed to the second half of 2014.

Since July, work has continued to resolve the licensing challenges. These included three injunctions affecting construction activities at the beneficiation plant, as well as land access issues affecting the 525 km pipeline route.

Two of the three injunctions were satisfactorily removed during September 2012, enabling construction of the primary crusher and conveyor system at the mine site and pre-stripping work to resume. The third injunction, which affects the construction of the electricity transmission line, remains, despite the licence having been awarded in March 2012, and efforts to resolve the issue continue with the regulatory and governmental authorities. Work also continues to complete the land access programme for the pipeline.

Construction progress is on schedule in relation to the elements of the project programme that are unaffected by legal or land access constraints.

Anglo American is carrying out a detailed cost review to assess the impact of the already announced delay and the other disruptive challenges faced by the project which include high cost inflation across the construction industry in Brazil. The review includes an independent external assessment commissioned by the Board.

Anglo American will provide further detailed information in relation to Minas-Rio when the cost review has been completed and the remaining challenges affecting the project timetable have been resolved. However, the current indications are that capital expenditure for the project is unlikely to be less than the $8.0 billion upper end of the current range of analysts’ expectations.

For further information, please contact:
Media Investors
UK UK
James Wyatt-Tilby Leng Lau
Tel: +44 (0)20 7968 8759 Tel: +44 (0)20 7968 8540
   
Emily Blyth Caroline Crampton
Tel: +44 (0)20 7968 8481 Tel: +44 (0)20 7968 2192
   
South Africa  
Pranill Ramchander Sarah McNally
Tel: +27 (0)11 638 2592 Tel: +44 (0)20 7968 8747

Notes to editors:

Anglo American is one of the world’s largest mining companies, is headquartered in the UK and listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges. Anglo American’s portfolio of mining businesses spans bulk commodities – iron ore and manganese, metallurgical coal and thermal coal; base metals – copper and nickel; and precious metals and minerals – in which it is a global leader in both platinum and diamonds. Anglo American is committed to the highest standards of safety and responsibility across all its businesses and geographies and to making a sustainable difference in the development of the communities around its operations. The company’s mining operations, extensive pipeline of growth projects and exploration activities span southern Africa, South America, Australia, North America, Asia and Europe.

www.angloamerican.com

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