SHANGHAI Rio Tinto Plc
shipped 57.3 million tonnes of iron ore from its global
operations in the first quarter of 2013, down 14 percent from
the final quarter of 2012, due to "seasonal weather
disruptions" in Australias Pilbara region.
The figure was still a
first-quarter record for the company, representing a 7-percent
year-on-year increase, Rio Tinto said.
Production from global
operations reached 61.2 million tonnes, down 8 percent from the
fourth quarter but up 4 percent year on year.
Pilbaras output accounted
for 54.7 million tonnes of Rio Tintos iron ore sales in
the first quarter, down 13 percent sequentially but up 6.6
percent on an annual basis.
The Pilbara operations are
running at 237 million tonnes per year and are on track to
reach 290 million tonnes by the third quarter, the company
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Steel First.