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JOINT VENTURE OF UC RUSAL AND NORINCO STARTED OPERATIONS

Number of visits: Date:Jun 7,2012

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Shenzhen, 26 April 2012 — UC RUSAL (SEHK: 486, Euronext: RUSAL/RUAL, MICEX-RTS: RUALR), the world’s largest aluminium producer, and China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) are pleased to announce the operations start of North United Aluminium (NUA, the former Shenzhen North Investments) — the Shenzhen-based joint venture of RUSAL and NORINCO, specializing in aluminium, alloys and other non-ferrous metals trading on the Chinese market.

The opening ceremony was attended by Mr Vladislav Soloviev, First Deputy CEO of UC RUSAL, Mr Steve Hodgson, Director for International Sales of UC RUSAL, Mr Luo QianYi, Deputy General Manager of NORINCO Group, Mr Chen Biao, Deputy Mayor of Shenzhen Municipality, Mr Zhou Zhenqiang, Deputy Director of Work Committee of Shenzhen Municipality and Mr Li Yong, Vice president of NORINCO, other top guests from Chinese aluminium industry and Shenzhen administration. In his opening speech Mr Soloviev said,“We are very pleased to give a start to this very promising company. RUSAL strive to continuously expand the export share to China by making full use of its market potential and industrial advantages of UC RUSAL. Growing urbanization and industrial development will continue to drive China’s dominant role in the global aluminium consumption, and RUSAL, as the world’s largest producer of the light metal, is ready to meet this demand.” Mr Luo Qian Yi, Deputy General Manager of NORINCO Group, said,“The establishment of North United Aluminium is a result of the joint efforts of China and Russia to promote strategic partnership and enhance trade cooperation between the two countries. The joint venture marks the start of a new stage in the Company’s development. Its strong shareholder structure provides a very solid foundation for its healthy growth in the future, assuring promising prospects and ultimately achieving better operating results.” In November 2011 UC RUSAL entered into purchase agreement with NORINCO concerning 33% share acquisition in Shenzhen North Investments — a trading affiliate of NORINCO specializing in aluminium, alloys and other non-ferrous metals trading, with more than 15 years experience. The new JV was named North United Aluminium. The deal is expected to enhance the effective promotion of RUSAL’s products in the Chinese market. In addition, RUSAL has entered into a shareholders agreement with NORINCO, under which RUSAL is entitled to nominate two representatives for appointment to the Board of Directors of NUA, one of whom would be appointed as chairman of NUA's Board of Directors. Mr Steve Hodgson, Director for International Sales of UC RUSAL, is appointed a Chairman of the Board of Directors of North United Aluminium. The first session of the Board will take place on 27 April 2012. - End -

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