Rio Tinto Says Simandou Deal Close After Wrangles Over Railway
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July 27 2022

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Rio Tinto Says Simandou Deal Close After Wrangles Over Railway

This article from Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

Simandou offers a potentially huge new source of supply for Rio, the world’s largest iron ore producer, while China sees the project as key to easing its steel industry’s dependence on Australian output. The world’s top steel-producing nation recently embarked on one of the biggest shake-ups of the global iron ore market in more than a decade by setting up a new state-owned group, designed to be a hub for huge overseas mine investments and buying the steelmaking material from international suppliers.

Eoin Treacy's view

Simandou might be a big deal of Rio Tinto but it is much more strategically important to China who chaff at their dependence on Australian exports. If the Guinea project comes online they will have greater control over iron-ore supply and will no longer be held hostage to the oligopoly of Rio Tinto, BHP and Vale.

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