March 27, 2018 / 1:39 PM / a year ago

CORRECTED-Rio Tinto to sell Kestrel mine for $2.25 billion

(Corrects deal value in headline and first paragraph to $2.25 billion)

March 27 (Reuters) - Global miner Rio Tinto said on Tuesday it had agreed to sell its Kestrel coal mine to private equity manager EMR Capital and Indonesian coal company Adaro Energy Tbk for $2.25 billion.

The Anglo-Australian mining company made a strategic decision in 2017 to exit coal and focus on growth in iron ore, copper and its aluminium division.

The deal to sell the underground coal mine in Queensland, Australia, is subject to regulatory approvals and expected to complete in the second half of 2018.

Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru Editing by Edmund Blair

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