Samarco Update concerning Tailings and Restart of Operations

Samarco Mineração S.A (Samarco), BHP Billiton Brasil LTDA (BHP Billiton Brasil) and Vale. S.A (Vale) agreed a non-binding term sheet outlining the general terms and conditions for the use of Vale’s Timbopeba pit by Samarco to deposit its tailings, should Samarco restart. Vale would transfer the Timbopeba pit to Samarco and, as compensation, Samarco would supply to Vale an amount of non-processed ore (Run-of-Mine – ROM) for a certain period.


Samarco - BHP announces Rejection of Charges

BHP Billiton notes the statement by the Ministerio Público Federal of Brazil (Federal Prosecutors Office) that it has filed criminal charges before the Federal Courts of Ponte Nova, Minas Gerais, against BHP Billiton Brasil Ltda. (BHP Billiton Brasil) and certain employees and former employees of BHP Billiton (Affected Individuals).


BHP Billiton - Building on Productivity Leadership and a Strong Asset Base

BHP Billiton is meeting the challenges of the global iron ore market through a focus on productivity and a "relentless pursuit of the basics" in its Western Australia Iron Ore (WAIO) operations. In a key note address at this year’s Global Iron Ore and Steel Forecast Conference, Asset President WAIO, Edgar Basto, spoke to the global market dynamics affecting one of Australia’s most important exports.


Samarco - Agreement reached with Brazilian Authorities

Samarco Mineracao S.A (Samarco) and its two shareholders, Vale S.A (Vale) and BHP Billiton Brasil LTDA (BHPB Brasil), have entered into an agreement with the Federal Attorney General of Brazil, the States of Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais and certain other public authorities (Brazilian Authorities) for the restoration of the environment and communities affected by the Samarco dam failure on 5 November 2015.


BHP Billiton appoints Country Director in Brazil

BHP Billiton has announced the appointment of Flávio Bulcão as Country Director, Brazil, effective immediately. Mr Bulcão will lead the BHP Billiton team based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil supporting Samarco in the humanitarian, environmental and operational recovery efforts following the breach of the Fundão tailings dam in Minas Gerais on 5 November 2015.


Building Momentum in Copper

BHP Billiton President Copper, Daniel Malchuk, announced plans to lower copper unit costs to US$1.08 per pound in the 2017 financial year, supporting strong cash margins even at today’s prices. Over this period, the release of latent capacity across the portfolio will also help annual Group copper production grow to approximately 1.7 Mt at very low cost. This strong recovery will be supported by our differentiated water and power solutions in Chile which will provide us with a significant competitive advantage.


Update: Tailing Dam Incident at Samarco

This update provides further information on the incident at the Samarco Mineração S.A (Samarco) iron ore operation in Minas Gerais, Brazil on Thursday, 5 November 2015. Each of BHP Billiton and Vale holds a 50 percent interest in Samarco.

Samarco has advised that, at this stage, there are nine fatalities. Samarco has also advised that four people previously unaccounted for have been found and 19 people remain unaccounted for. We offer our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who have died as a result of this tragic incident.


New Study on Water Systems in Western Australia's Pilbara Region to guide sustainable Development

A new study has delivered an unprecedented account of water resources in Western Australia's Pilbara region, providing an in-depth understanding of local water systems and the potential impacts of climate change on water availability. The Pilbara Water Resource Assessment project, a $3.5 million partnership between Csiro, BHP Billiton and the Government of Western Australian, will allow water managers and local industry to plan for future water use in an area rich in resources and environmental assets.


QRC: Camp attracts Tradies of the Future

Students from regional Queensland have been given the tools to be future tradies following a ‘Make it now in Trades' (MINT) challenge. The week-long challenge, a collaboration of BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) and the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) involved 20 students who had expressed interest in a trade career.

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