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Andrew Forrest Predicts Drop in Iron Prices

Fortescue Metals Chief Executive Andrew Forrest says that iron ore prices will drop this year.

He also insisted that the fall will not be directly related to the slowdown in China’s demand. Mr. Forrest was addressing the Diggers and Dealers conference in Western Australia goldfields city of Kalgoorlie.

As per him iron ore prices would be at $US100 per dry tonne in the September quarter. This would be a relative drop from the $US130 per dry tonne in the June quarter.

He also used his presentation to attack the revised Mineral Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) of the federal government saying that it favoured the big miners. The three big miners who negotiated the new mining law with the government are BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata.

Criticizing the MRRT he said that if the new taxation policy was implemented as it is, Canada, New Zealand and Uzbekistan would become more appealing investment destinations. He reiterated his commitment to campaign against the proposed tax.

Joel Scanlon

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Joel, originally from the UK, emigrated to Australia in 1995 and spent 5 years working in the mining industry as an exploration Geo-technician where he developed skills in GIS Mapping and CAD. Joel also spent a year working underground in a gold/copper mine. Upon moving to the North Coast of NSW, Australia Joel worked as a graphic designer for a leading consultancy firm before starting a successful business providing graphic and web design services to local businesses on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Joel is skilled in project management, content production, design, animation, database and networking, software, and editing. Joel has been with AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000.


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