Reuters reported that BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP), the world’s largest miner, has chosen newcomer B&A as its preferred bidder for its iron ore deposits in Mount Nimba.

As quoted in the market news:

“BHP will enter exclusive negotiations with B&A to sell its slice in Mount Nimba and its smaller iron ore assets in Liberia,” the source said.

B&A, a relative newcomer with bold ambitions in the sector, beat rivals including ArcelorMittal (ISPA.AS), the world’s largest steelmaker, which is strapped for cash but owns a large project of its own just over the border.”

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