|The Roper Valley iron ore mine project in Australia. — Photo courtesy of Hòa Phát Group|
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese steel maker Hòa Phát Group on Monday announced that it has acquired the Roper Valley iron ore mine project in Australia.
Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) has approved the deal. The project is estimated to have 320 million tonnes of reserves, with mining capacity at four million tonnes per year, Hòa Phát said.
After a period of searching and preparing, Hòa Phát Group has firmly made its first step into the largest iron ore supply market.
It is continuing to research to invest in purchasing some other iron mines in Australia to ensure a long-term supply of at least 50 per cent of its iron ore demand (equivalent to 10 million tonnes a year).
In addition, the raw material that constitutes up to 30 per cent of the steel price is coking coal, which is currently imported from Australia - the world's largest coking coal supplier market. The group is also studying to buy some Australian coking coal mines in the future to gradually become self-sufficient in this important production material. — VNS