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WSJ: Glencore interested in Guinea's Simandou North

Glencore (GLCNF, GLNCY) has told the government of Guinea that it is interested in rights to develop the northern concession of the Simandou project, one of the world's most sought-after iron ore deposits, WSJ reports.

BHP Billiton (BHP) and Arcelor Mittal (MT) also reportedly have notified Guinea that they could be interested in taking part in a tender.

Glencore has little exposure to iron ore, but has said it isn't seeking out the kind of long-term investment required by Simandou, which would require billions of dollars in investment before making a profit.

Earlier this year, the government revoked the license previously held by Vale (VALE) and BSG Resources, alleging BSG obtained the rights through corruption; Simandou's southern concession is being developed by a consortium led by Rio Tinto (RIO).

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