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Expect billion-dollar expansion in Australian iron ore, coal: BHP

Diversified mining behemoth BHP Billiton is expected to pour billions of dollars into Australia in an effort to expand its iron ore and coal facilities, says a report from AFP: Mining giant BHP Billiton said Friday it would pour billions of dollars into expanding its coal and iron ore operations in Australia, key commodities that are driving the boom in Asian economies.

Ausenco wins $15 million Sierra Leone iron ore operations contract

Ausenco has been awarded a $15 million operations and maintenance service contract for the Tonkolili iron ore project in Sierra Leone. The Optimise phase contract involves the provision of operations and maintenance services to two onsite mobile crushing and screening modules for phase 1A of the Iron Ore Project. The contract commences immediately and runs until July 2012, providing an additional boost to Program Management’s growing recurring revenue base.

Doubling in profit sees ENRC positive for 2011

Kazakh mining group ENRC (ENRC.L) said underlying profit more than doubled, on record production and demand recovery for its products, and that the global economic outlook is still improving. Underlying EBITDA jumped 118 percent to $3.19 billion, in line with the consensus, as revenue rose 72 percent to $6.60 billion.

Japan reconstruction good for copper, iron ore – Friedland

Copper and iron ore prices should remain high in the near future because of additional demand for reconstruction in Japan after a devastating earthquake and tsunami, Ivanhoe Mines Ltd Chief Executive Robert Friedland said. The earthquake in northeastern Japan destroyed thousands of homes, levelled buildings and bridges and caused damage estimated at up to $308 billion, according to the Nikkei newspaper.

Nippon Steel/Sumitomo draft merger plan submitted

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd submit draft merger proposal Tokyo (Reuters) - Nippon Steel Corp, the world's fourth-biggest steelmaker, and Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd submitted a draft proposal for their planned merger to Japan's