Alderon Iron Ore Corp. (TSX: ADV) (OTCQX: ALDFF) (“Alderon” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, along with the Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, announced yesterday in a press release that the Government of Canada will invest up to $55 million and will contribute to the construction of a new multi-user deep water dock at the Port of Sept-Îles equipped with two ship loaders, as well as two conveyor lines. Construction of the new multi-user facility is expected to be completed by the end of March 2014.

“The construction of the new multi-user facility at the Port of Sept-Îles is critical to Alderon’s development plans” says Mark Morabito, Executive Chairman of Alderon. “Alderon looks forward to working with the Port in an effort to ensure that necessary agreements and infrastructure are in place in time for Alderon’s commencement of commercial production from the Kami Project expected in 2015.”

"The Government of Canada sees Quebec's ports as a gateway to global markets," said Minister Lebel. "The Port of Sept-Îles is a strategic port for Canada and an important component of Quebec's maritime system supporting trade, and its development will lead to jobs in the region, northern Quebec and Labrador."

"The benefits this new project will bring to the iron ore industry in the region will strengthen the economy for Labrador and Quebec, and will encourage growth for many years to come," added Minister Penashue.

This investment will help the port meet global shipping standards for the iron ore industry, which is the largest commodity shipped through the port to overseas markets. It will also boost the effectiveness and capacity of port operations.

The information regarding the investment by the Government of Canada and the quotes from Minister Lebel and Minister Penashue are taken from the February 13, 2012 press release which can be found at the following link: http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/920521/harper-government-announces-job-creating-investments-in-the-port-of-sept-iles.

About the Port of Sept-Îles

A deep water port, situated 650 kilometres down river from Quebec City on the North Shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the Atlantic Ocean, the Port of Sept-Iles is a large natural harbour, more than 80 metres in depth, which is open to navigation year round. The port is characterized by its deep waters and 10 km wide semi-circular bay.

The Port of Sept-Îles is the most important port for the shipment of iron ore in North America serving the Quebec and Labrador mining industry. With a full range of high-performance equipment, the Port of Sept-Îles is North America’s leading iron ore port and will now become Canada’s second largest in terms of annual volume handled, with close to 34 million tons expected in 2012. Sept-Îles’ port facilities play a vital and strategic role in the operation of a number of businesses from the region’s primary sector. The port’s annual economic impact is estimated at nearly $1 billion, with some 4,000 direct and indirect jobs. Port activity at the Port of Sept-Îles therefore remains a significant source of wealth creation in Quebec and Canada.

About Alderon

Alderon is a leading Canadian iron ore development company with offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and St. John’s.  The 100% owned Kami Project is located within Canada’s premier iron ore district and is surrounded by four producing iron ore mines.  The Alderon team is comprised of skilled professionals with significant iron ore expertise to advance Kami towards production.

ALDERON IRON ORE CORP.

On behalf of the Board

"Mark J Morabito"

Executive Chairman

 

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