CANBERRA, Sept 18 Australia, the world's biggest
iron ore producer, revised down its forecast for export revenue
for the steelmaking ingredient on Tuesday, a fresh sign the
mining sector is losing steam as a slowdown in top customer
China drives down iron ore prices.
The Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE) forecast
iron ore exports in the year to June 30, 2013, would be 509
million tonnes, little changed on its June forecast of 510
million tonnes and up 8 percent on the previous year.
But the bureau forecast iron ore revenue would fall sharply.
Total iron ore export revenue was forecast at A$53.15
billion ($55.83 billion), compared to the previous forecast of
A$66.94 billion, reflecting weaker global prices for iron ore.
The bureau said it expected contract prices for iron ore to
be $126 per tonne through 2012 and $101 in 2013.