Currently China is the second largest producer of the red metal, with an annual output of about 1.6 million tonnes per year.
As BHP considers the sale of almost all of the businesses that Billiton brought to the 2001 merger deal, experts say the firm is likely to end up leaving London.
World's largest mining company said to be unloading all of the non-core units acquired after the merger with Billiton 13 years ago.
The news comes of the heels of the creation of a new aluminum division, BHP Billiton Aluminum Pty Ltd.
The two used to be joined at the hip, but now one or the other has lost touch with reality.
The South American nation lost the title to China in 2012.
Brazilian iron ore giant Vale has removed its six international employees and put its local workers on leave.
The mining giant believes demand for coal to keep growing over the next 20 years, driven mainly by China and India.
The separate company would be listed on the London Stock Exchange, as well as the Australian and South African markets.
Stock in Montreal-based metal technology and alumina company which mysteriously tanked yesterday regained most of the lost ground on Thursday.
Orbite Aluminae crashed 36% in massive volumes on Wednesday without any fresh news that could have prompted the sell-off in the alumina and rare earth technology company.
Combined estimate investment exceeds $13 billion, says the government.
The world’s No.1 mining company's CEO believes coal will remain the main source of affordable energy for growing economies.
Last year alone there were 149 conflicts involving mines in the country.
At least four companies have placed bids to buy assets of Montenegro's Kombinat Aluminijuma Podgorica (KAP) aluminum plant.
Dr. Copper sending positive signs for 2014.
Rusal is challenging the LME's plans to reform how it stockpiles commodities.
The potential is appealing. Peru holds13% of the world's copper reserves, 4% of gold, 22% of silver, 7.6% of zinc, 9% of lead and 6% of tin reserves.
Budget for 2014 is 9.2% lower than last year’s and well below the $18 billion total from 2011.
The Gove refinery has been struggling for a while, due mainly to low prices.
Market struggling with oversupply.
Deal includes developing a bauxite mine and alumina refinery in the west African country.
Aluminum-based alloy hydrides are light weight, non-toxic to plants and animals, and contain no volatile gas products, except hydrogen.
About 3,300 people would lose their jobs.
The mining giant is selling its 50.1% stake in Clermont coal mine to a company jointly owned by Glencore Xstrata and Sumitomo Corporation.
Wood Mackenzie also predicts the global base metals market will grow from 96Mt in 2013 to 122 Mt by the end of 2018.
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