Mitsui and ITOCHU Approved Pre-Commitment Funding to Expand Supply Capacity of Western Australia Iron Ore Operations
-Expanding Port Capacity to Accommodate Long-Term Increase in Demand for Iron Ore-

Feb. 3, 2012

Mitsui & Co.,Ltd.
ITOCHU Corporation

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui", head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO: Masami IIJIMA) and ITOCHU Corporation ("ITOCHU", head office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Masahiro OKAFUJI)announced today that they have approved the pre-commitment funding for the outer harbour facility associated with the Western Australia iron ore operations, which are run as joint ventures with leading mining company, BHP Billiton (Australia & UK).

The pre-commitment funding totals US$917 million with the Mitsui and ITOCHU share at approximately US$138 million (10.6 billion yen; Mitsui at 4.9 billion yen and ITOCHU at 5.7 billion yen).

This decision is in relation to the expansion project to increase the installed port capacity by 100 million tons per year, through the construction of outer harbour shipment facilities at Port Hedland and landside infrastructures including stockyards and a rail spur. The pre-commitment funding will enable the progress of feasibility studies and the procurement of long lead-time items, and will allow dredging to begin subject to necessary regulatory approvals. In parallel with this work, engineering studies are underway to match mine and rail expansions to the expanded port capacity.

The project is expected to be reviewed for full approval in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2012 and start-up is expected in the first half of calendar year 2016. This project has an embedded option to expand by another 100 million tons per year.

Mitsui and ITOCHU, together with BHP Billiton, own the three iron ore joint ventures of Mt. Newman, Yandi, and Mt. Goldsworthy in Western Australia (Mitsui holds a 7% share, BHP Billiton 85%, ITOCHU 8%). Shipments totaling approximately 162 million tons were made in calendar year 2011 by the three joint ventures, primarily to Asia.

Mitsui and ITOCHU will seek to increase the iron ore supply capacity through the Western Australia iron ore operations, in response to the expected increase in demand worldwide over the medium and long terms.

Profile of BHP Billiton

Established June 30th 2001
A leading mining company established as a result of the merger of Australia's Broken Hill Proprietary Company (BHP), which focused on iron ore, coal, oil, natural gas, and other resources, and the UK's Billiton (with a Dutch and South African background), which specializes in aluminum, nonferrous, coal, etc.
Head Office Melbourne, Australia
A dual-listed company in Sydney and London. Also listed on markets in Johannesburg (South Africa) and New York.
Recent Performance Full year ending June 2011 (July 2010 - June 2011):
Proceeds:US$71,739 million (Approximately ¥ 6.0 trillion)
Earnings after tax: US$21,648 million (Approximately ¥ 1.8 trillion)

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