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BHP Billiton advances hunt for copper in Ecuador

Its local unit will spend about US$82m on exploration and seeks to add staff in one of the world's last mining frontiers

Melbourne

BHP Billiton Ltd, the world's biggest miner, has opened an office and is seeking to add staff in Ecuador as it advances a search for copper in a nation that's becoming the sector's exploration hot-spot.

Melbourne-based BHP's local unit, Cerro Quebrado, will spend about US

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