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Liberia says signs $3 bln iron deal with BHP

MONROVIA, June 14 (Reuters) - Mining giant BHP Billiton <BLT.L.BHP.AX has signed a deal with the government of Liberia to go ahead with a $3 billion iron ore project, an official in the West African country said on Monday.

The mineral development agreement (MDA) will allow BHP Billiton to continue exploring for iron ore at Goe Fantro, Kintoma, St. John River South and the Tolo Range, National Investment Commission chairman Richard Tolbert said.

Reporting by Alphonso Toweh; Editing by Daniel Magnowski

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