BHP Billiton ships 1Gt of iron ore to China

BHP Billiton celebrated the shipping of one billion tonnes (1Gt) of iron ore to China with customers, industrial associations, joint venture partners, suppliers and employees in Shanghai.
BHP Billiton’s CEO Andrew Mackenzie was joined by President Iron Ore Jimmy Wilson, President HSE, Marketing and Technology Mike Henry, President Coal Dean Dalla Valle and guests to reveal the commemorative plaque to mark the milestone.

Mackenzie said that BHP Billiton was proud to contribute to the important trading relationship between China and Australia and to the country’s steel industry. “China is of immense importance to BHP Billiton and to Australia”, he said. “BHP Billiton is very proud of the role it has helped play in China’s remarkable economic and urban growth through the trade in iron ore and other commodities.â€?

BHP Billiton’s iron ore journey with China started more than 40 years ago with the first shipment of iron ore from Port Hedland to China in 1973. “We are grateful for our long-term and mutually beneficial partnership with China. Our iron ore has played a part in the country’s development, and in turn China’s rapid growth has transformed the Pilbara iron ore mining industry to the benefit of Australia”, added Wilson.

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