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Two of Kambalda's heaviest hitters are headed for the Supreme Court, with South Africa's Gold Fields launching legal action against BHP Billiton over the supply of water to its St Ives operation.
China's Baosteel has signalled that sagging iron ore prices will not hold back development of its West Pilbara iron project, recruiting former Iron Ore Holdings boss Alwyn Vorster (pictured) to head up its local iron ore business.
Mining giant BHP Billiton has lifted production nine per cent, driven by increasing iron ore, coal and petroleum output.
Australia has secured a deal with China for zero tariffs on coal exports under a free trade deal Canberra hopes to conclude next month, it's been reported.

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