Rio thirsty for copper

THERE was a more than a subtle change in Rio Tinto’s language around its “exhilarating” Winu copper-gold discovery in Western Australia’s Paterson province at last week’s Diggers & Dealers conference, writes Barry FitzGerald.

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Rio Tinto's Winu project in WA's Paterson Province

Having spent much of the year cautioning that it did not know if Winu would shape up in to a Rio-scale project, Rio said drilling at Winu - it is an Aboriginal word meaning thirsty - is focused on