BHP Billiton PLC BLT BHP Billiton Production Report 30 September 2012

  BHP Billiton PLC (BLT) - BHP Billiton Production Report 30 September 2012

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BHP Billiton PLC
16 October 2012




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Date         17 October 2012
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    BHP BILLITON PRODUCTION REPORT FOR THE QUARTER ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2012

                                      

· The release of latent capacity and robust operating performance across
our diversified portfolio continues to underpin strong growth in our high
margin businesses.



· Petroleum production averaged a record 666 thousand barrels of oil
equivalent per day during the September 2012 quarter as the Atlantis and Mad
Dog facilities in the Gulf of Mexico successfully recommenced production.



· Queensland Coal volumes rose by 20% during the September 2012 quarter
as BMA production increased to over 80% of supply chain capacity.



· Western Australia Iron Ore achieved another significant milestone with
first ore loaded from the two recently installed shiploaders at Nelson Point
as part of the Inner Harbour Expansion project.



· Escondida copper production remains on track to increase by 20% in the
2013 financial year following the completion of scheduled maintenance and
tie-in activities in the September 2012 quarter.



Petroleum

                                                     SEP Q12 vs SEP SEP Q12 vs
                                        SEP 2012 QTR            Q11    JUN Q12
Crude oil, condensate and natural gas
liquids ('000 boe)                            22,765             4%        17%
Natural gas (bcf)                             230.89            30%         4%
Total petroleum products (million boe)         61.25            19%         9%



Total petroleum production- Petroleum production averaged a record 666
thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day during the September 2012 quarter.



Crude oil, condensate and natural gas liquids- Liquids production increased by
17 per cent from the June 2012 quarter as the Atlantis and Mad Dog facilities
in the Gulf of Mexico (US) successfully recommenced production. Reduced levels
of planned maintenance at Bass Strait and the North West Shelf (both
Australia) and development drilling at Shenzi (US) and Pyrenees (Australia)
also contributed to the strong result.



Onshore US liquids production increased to a record 3.9 million barrels of oil
equivalent (MMboe) during the September 2012 quarter. With the drilling
program running ahead of infrastructure development, robust growth is
anticipated over the remainder of the 2013 financial year as pipeline capacity
is installed and additional wells are brought online.



Petroleum production guidance for the 2013 financial year remains unchanged at
240 MMboe and includes an expected 15 per cent increase in valuable liquids
production, largely attributable to our Onshore US business and Gulf of Mexico
facilities.



Natural gas - Seasonally high gas demand at Bass Strait and strong operational
performance at North West Shelf underpinned a quarterly production record for
natural gas in the September 2012 quarter.



Aluminium

                        SEP 2012 QTR SEP Q12 vs SEP Q11 SEP Q12 vs JUN Q12
Alumina ('000 tonnes)          1,170                10%                13%
Aluminium ('000 tonnes)          270               -14%                 9%



Alumina - The ramp up of the Worsley Efficiency & Growth project (Australia)
and continued strong operating performance at the Alumar refinery (Brazil)
contributed to record alumina production in the September 2012 quarter.



Aluminium - Production was higher than the June 2012 quarter as potline
capacity at Hillside (South Africa) recovered following a major unplanned
outage in the March 2012 quarter. Operations are expected to progressively
return to full technical capacity by the end of the 2012 calendar year.



Base Metals

                                             SEP 2012 SEP Q12 vs SEP Q12 vs
                                                  QTR    SEP Q11    JUN Q12
Copper ('000 tonnes)                            273.9        24%       -12%
Lead (tonnes)                                  52,183        -6%       -18%
Zinc (tonnes)                                  25,922        11%       -16%
Silver ('000 ounces)                            9,165         0%       -21%
Uranium oxide concentrate (Uranium) (tonnes)    1,042         4%        -4%



Copper - A 24 per cent increase in production from the September 2011 quarter
reflected the mining of higher grade ore at Escondida (Chile) and the impact
of industrial action in the corresponding period. Record quarterly production
was achieved at Antamina (Peru) as milling rates continued to exceed recently
expanded ore processing capacity.



A reduction in smelter throughput affected Olympic Dam (Australia) production
in the September 2012 quarter. A 27 day smelter outage is scheduled for the
December 2012 quarter.



Escondida copper production remains on track to increase by 20 per cent in the
2013 financial year following the completion of scheduled maintenance and
tie-in activities in the September 2012 quarter.



Lead/silver - Lower head grades at Cannington (Australia) contributed to a
reduction in lead and silver production in the September 2012 quarter.



Zinc - Zinc production at Antamina declined during the September 2012 quarter
as mining progressed through a copper-rich ore zone.



Uranium - Production for the September 2012 quarter was broadly in line with
all comparable periods.



Diamonds & Specialty Products

                       SEP 2012
                            QTR SEP Q12 vs SEP Q11 SEP Q12 vs JUN Q12
Diamonds ('000 carats)      313               -32%               -24%



Diamonds - Production was lower than all comparable periods and reflected
temporarily restricted mining conditions and unscheduled maintenance at EKATI
(Canada). While production is expected to recover in the December 2012
quarter, it is forecast to remain constrained in the medium term as the
operation extracts lower grade material, consistent with the mine plan.



The sale of BHP Billiton's 37 per cent non-operated interest in Richards Bay
Minerals (South Africa) to Rio Tinto was completed during the September 2012
quarter. The review of BHP Billiton's diamonds business is continuing.



Nickel

                     SEP 2012 QTR SEP Q12 vs SEP Q11 SEP Q12 vs JUN Q12
Nickel ('000 tonnes)         37.0                 5%               -13%



Nickel - An increase in nickel metal production in the September 2012 quarter
reflected strong operating performance at both Cerro Matoso (Colombia) and the
Nickel West Kwinana refinery (Australia). Total saleable production declined
as nickel matte was stockpiled in advance of planned maintenance at the Nickel
West Kalgoorlie smelter in the December 2012 quarter.



Iron Ore

                       SEP 2012 QTR SEP Q12 vs SEP Q11 SEP Q12 vs JUN Q12
Iron ore ('000 tonnes)       39,772                 1%                -3%



Iron ore - Western Australia Iron Ore (WAIO) sustained strong performance in
the September 2012 quarter despite the impact of a planned shutdown associated
with the Inner Harbour Expansion project. Our Pilbara operations achieved
another significant milestone during the quarter with first ore loaded from
two recently installed shiploaders at Nelson Point.



WAIO production guidance remains unchanged with a five per cent increase
anticipated in the 2013 financial year.



Samarco's (Brazil) three pellet plants continued to operate at capacity during
the period.



Manganese

                                                                SEP Q12 vs JUN
                              SEP 2012 QTR SEP Q12 vs SEP Q11              Q12
Manganese ore ('000 tonnes)          2,146                 6%               4%
Manganese alloy ('000 tonnes)          130               -33%              73%



Manganese ore - Consistently strong operating performance and improved plant
availability at GEMCO (Australia) contributed to record ore production in the
September 2012 quarter.



Manganese alloy - The resumption of production at TEMCO (Australia) in July
2012 led to a substantial increase in alloy production from the June 2012
quarter. The decline in alloy production from the September 2011 quarter
reflected the permanent closure of energy intensive silicomanganese production
at Metalloys (South Africa) in January 2012.



Metallurgical Coal

                                                SEP Q12 vs SEP  SEP Q12 vs JUN
                                 SEP 2012 QTR              Q11             Q12
Metallurgical coal ('000 tonnes)        8,938              -4%             10%



Metallurgical coal- Queensland Coal (Australia) production increased by 20 per
cent during the September 2012 quarter as significant latent capacity was
released across the supply chain. Production at BMA benefited from a reduction
in industrial activity with no significant work stoppages experienced since
July 2012. A ballot on the BMA Enterprise Agreement will be conducted during
October 2012. During the September 2012 quarter, BMA announced it would cease
production at its Gregory open-cut mine following a review of the mine's
profitability.



A planned longwall move at the Appin mine led to lower production at Illawarra
Coal (Australia) during the September 2012 quarter. A longwall move at the
Dendrobium mine is expected to commence at the end of the December 2012
quarter.



Energy Coal

                          SEP 2012 QTR SEP Q12 vs SEP Q11 SEP Q12 vs JUN Q12
Energy coal ('000 tonnes)       19,607                 6%                 6%



Energy coal - Production was higher than all comparable periods and reflected
strong operating performance across the BHP Billiton Energy Coal portfolio.
New South Wales Energy Coal (Australia) achieved record quarterly production
following the completion of the RX1 project in the June 2012 quarter, ahead of
schedule. In addition, the San Juan Coal mine (US) benefited from a full
quarter of production following the resumption of longwall mining activity in
the June 2012 quarter.



This report, together with the Exploration and Development Report, represents
the Interim Management Statement for the purposes of the UK Listing
Authority's Disclosure and Transparency Rules. There have been no significant
changes in the financial position of the Group in the quarter ended 30
September 2012.



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BHP BILLITON PRODUCTION SUMMARY
                              QUARTER ENDED           YEAR TO DATE    % CHANGE
                                                                       SEP  SEP
                                                                       Q12  Q12
                            SEP        JUN      SEP      SEP      SEP   vs   vs
                                                                       SEP  JUN
                           2011       2012     2012     2012     2011  Q11  Q12
PETROLEUM
Crude oil &   ('000                                      
condensate    bbl)       18,482  15,726   18,413   18,413   18,482   0%  17%
                                                         
Natural gas   (bcf)      177.35  221.25   230.89   230.89   177.35  30%   4%
              ('000                         
NGL           boe)        3,356      3,758    4,352    4,352    3,356  30%  16%
Total
petroleum     (million                      
products      boe)        51.40      56.36    61.25    61.25    51.40  19%   9%
ALUMINIUM
              ('000                         
Alumina       tonnes)     1,060      1,039    1,170    1,170    1,060  10%  13%
              ('000          
Aluminium     tonnes)       315        248      270      270      315 -14%   9%
BASE METALS
              ('000                         
Copper        tonnes)     220.3      312.5    273.9    273.9    220.3  24% -12%
                                                         
Lead          (tonnes)   55,659  63,667   52,183   52,183   55,659  -6% -18%
                                                         
Zinc          (tonnes)   23,444  30,748   25,922   25,922   23,444  11% -16%
                                                         
Gold          (ounces)   39,439  40,569   32,436   32,436   39,439 -18% -20%
              ('000                              
Silver        ounces)     9,151  11,539    9,165    9,165    9,151   0% -21%
Uranium oxide                               
concentrate   (tonnes)    1,000      1,080    1,042    1,042    1,000   4%  -4%
                             
Molybdenum    (tonnes)      595        464      454      454      595 -24%  -2%
DIAMONDS AND SPECIALTY
PRODUCTS
              ('000          
Diamonds      carats)       457        413      313      313      457 -32% -24%
NICKEL
              ('000               
Nickel        tonnes)      35.1       42.7     37.0     37.0     35.1   5% -13%
IRON ORE
              ('000                                      
Iron ore      tonnes)    39,572  40,891   39,772   39,772   39,572   1%  -3%
MANGANESE
              ('000                         
Manganese ore tonnes)     2,019      2,066    2,146    2,146    2,019   6%   4%
Manganese     ('000        
alloy         tonnes)       194         75      130      130      194 -33%  73%
METALLURGICAL
COAL
Metallurgical ('000                         
coal          tonnes)     9,291      8,109    8,938    8,938    9,291  -4%  10%
ENERGY COAL
              ('000                                      
Energy coal   tonnes)    18,460  18,484   19,607   19,607   18,460   6%   6%



BHP BILLITON ATTRIBUTABLE PRODUCTION
                                                   QUARTER ENDED                                  YEAR TO DATE
                    BHP
               Billiton          SEP          DEC          MAR             JUN          SEP          SEP          SEP
               Interest         2011         2011         2012            2012         2012         2012         2011
PETROLEUM
Production
   Crude oil &
   condensate
   ('000 bbl)            18,482  18,866  18,127     15,726  18,413  18,413  18,482
   Natural gas
   (bcf)                 177.35  214.49  209.17     221.25  230.89  230.89  177.35
   NGL ('000                                                               
   boe) (a)                    3,356        3,362        3,609    3,758        4,352        4,352        3,356
   Total petroleum
   products (million                                                       
   boe)                        51.40        57.98        56.60    56.36        61.25        61.25        51.40
ALUMINIUM
ALUMINA
Production
('000 tonnes)
                                                         
   Worsley          86%          752          694          741   730          859          859          752
                                                         
   Alumar           36%          308          307          311   309          311          311          308
                                                                           
   Total                       1,060        1,001        1,052    1,039        1,170        1,170        1,060
ALUMINIUM
Production
('000 tonnes)
                                                         
   Hillside        100%          180          180          144   117          139          139          180
                                             
   Bayside         100%           25           24           26  23           25           25           25
                                             
   Alumar           40%           44           42           42  42           39           39           44
                                             
   Mozal            47%           66           67           65  66           67           67           66
                                                         
   Total                         315          313          277   248          270          270          315
BASE METALS
(b)
COPPER
Payable metal in
concentrate ('000
tonnes)
                                                                   
   Escondida      57.5%         49.9         80.4         87.7    115.8        101.2        101.2         49.9
                                                               
   Antamina       33.8%         30.3         30.9         30.9   34.9         40.2         40.2         30.3
                                                                       
   Total                        80.2        111.3        118.6    150.7        141.4        141.4         80.2
Cathode ('000
tonnes)
                                                               
   Escondida      57.5%         32.9         43.0         47.4   48.7         41.6         41.6         32.9
   Pampa Norte                                                 
   (c)             100%         65.4         70.0         66.2   62.1         52.7         52.7         65.4
   Pinto                                           
   Valley          100%          1.4          1.4          1.4  1.2          1.2          1.2          1.4
                                                               
   Olympic Dam     100%         40.4         54.6         47.8   49.8         37.0         37.0         40.4
                                                                           
   Total                       140.1        169.0        162.8    161.8        132.5        132.5        140.1
LEAD
Payable metal
in concentrate
(tonnes)
   Cannington      100%  55,557  66,787  53,412     63,334  51,923  51,923  55,557
                                                         
   Antamina       33.8%          102          205          148   333          260          260          102
   Total                 55,659  66,992  53,560     63,667  52,183  52,183  55,659
ZINC
Payable metal
in concentrate
(tonnes)
   Cannington      100%  14,488  14,745  12,904     12,540  11,408  11,408  14,488
                                                                                                       
   Antamina       33.8%        8,956  13,553  16,823     18,208  14,514  14,514        8,956
   Total                 23,444  28,298  29,727     30,748  25,922  25,922  23,444
   Refer footnotes on
   page 4.


BASE METALS (continued)
GOLD
Payable metal
in concentrate
(ounces)
                                                                                          
   Escondida      57.5%  11,063  14,242  12,732     12,817        9,419        9,419  11,063
   Olympic Dam
   (refined
   gold)           100%  28,376  29,765  31,952     27,752  23,017  23,017  28,376
   Total                 39,439  44,007  44,684     40,569  32,436  32,436  39,439
SILVER
Payable metal in
concentrate ('000
ounces)
                                                         
   Escondida      57.5%          403          549          481   488          350          350          403
                                                               
   Antamina       33.8%          972        1,087        1,170    1,043          919          919          972
                                                                           
   Cannington      100%        7,559        9,056        7,836    9,757        7,689        7,689        7,559
   Olympic Dam
   (refined                                              
   silver)         100%          217          211          228   251          207          207          217
                                                                                  
   Total                       9,151  10,903        9,715     11,539        9,165        9,165        9,151


URANIUM OXIDE
CONCENTRATE
Payable metal
in concentrate
(tonnes)
                                                                     
   Olympic Dam     100%        1,000          909          896    1,080        1,042        1,042        1,000
                                                                     
   Total                       1,000          909          896    1,080        1,042        1,042        1,000
MOLYBDENUM
Payable metal
in concentrate
(tonnes)
                                                         
   Antamina       33.8%          595          766          521   464          454          454          595
                                                         
   Total                         595          766          521   464          454          454          595
DIAMONDS AND SPECIALTY PRODUCTS
DIAMONDS
Production
('000 carats)
                                                         
   EKATI (TM)       80%          457          481          433   413          313          313          457
NICKEL
NICKEL
Production
('000 tonnes)
                                                               
   CMSA           99.9%         10.4         12.3         13.4   12.8         13.3         13.3         10.4
                                                               
   Nickel West     100%         24.7         26.1         28.3   29.9         23.7         23.7         24.7
                                                               
   Total                        35.1         38.4         41.7   42.7         37.0         37.0         35.1
   Refer footnotes on
   page 4.
IRON ORE
Production ('000
tonnes) (d)
   Newman (e)       85%  13,158  13,247  11,789     13,132  11,752  11,752  13,158
   Goldsworthy
   Joint                                               
   Venture          85%          254          334           37   143          432          432          254
   Area C
   Joint
   Venture          85%  10,479  10,437  10,343     11,166  10,937  10,937  10,479
   Yandi Joint
   Venture          85%  12,708  14,170  13,063     13,595  13,771  13,771  12,708
                                                                           
   Samarco          50%        2,973        2,884        2,711    2,855        2,880        2,880        2,973
   Total                 39,572  41,072  37,943     40,891  39,772  39,772  39,572
MANGANESE
MANGANESE ORES
Saleable
production
('000 tonnes)
   South                                                 
   Africa (f)     44.4%          911          808          917   989          858          858          911
   Australia                                                            
   (f)              60%        1,108          998        1,123    1,077        1,288        1,288        1,108
                                                                           
   Total                       2,019        1,806        2,040    2,066        2,146        2,146        2,019
MANGANESE
ALLOYS
Saleable
production
('000 tonnes)
   South
   Africa (f)                                      
   (g)              60%          124          124           81  75           93           93          124
   Australia                  
   (f)              60%           70           71           57               -           37           37           70
                                                         
   Total                         194          195          138  75          130          130          194


METALLURGICAL
COAL
Production ('000
tonnes) (h)
                                                                           
   BMA              50%        5,274        5,006        4,226    4,105        5,182        5,182        5,274
   BHP Mitsui                                                              
   Coal (i)         80%        1,803        1,580        1,649    1,661        1,766        1,766        1,803
                                                                           
   Illawarra       100%        2,214        1,907        1,462    2,343        1,990        1,990        2,214
                                                                           
   Total                       9,291        8,493        7,337    8,109        8,938        8,938        9,291
ENERGY COAL
Production
('000 tonnes)
   South                                                                   
   Africa          100%        9,095        7,976        7,895    8,313        8,454        8,454        9,095
                                                                           
   USA             100%        2,467        2,163        2,109    2,673        3,871        3,871        2,467
                                                                           
   Australia       100%        4,046        4,027        4,291    4,393        4,453        4,453        4,046
                                                                           
   Colombia         33%        2,852        2,753        2,953    3,105        2,829        2,829        2,852
   Total                 18,460   16,919  17,248     18,484  19,607  19,607  18,460



(a) LPG and ethane are reported as Natural Gas Liquid (NGL). Product-specific
conversions are made and NGL is reported in barrels of oil equivalent (boe).

(b) Metal production is reported on the basis of payable metal.

(c) Includes Cerro Colorado and Spence.

(d) Iron ore production is reported on a wet tonnes basis.

(e) Newman includes Mt Newman Joint Venture and Jimblebar.

(f) Shown on 100% basis. BHP Billiton interest in saleable production is 60%,
except Hotazel Manganese Mines which is 44.4%.

(g) Production includes Medium Carbon Ferro Manganese.

(h) Metallurgical coal production is reported on the basis of saleable
product. Production figures include some thermal coal.

(i) Shown on 100% basis. BHP Billiton interest in saleable production is 80%.



PRODUCTION AND SALES REPORT
                                                  QUARTER ENDED                                           YEAR TO DATE
                             SEP             DEC             MAR             JUN             SEP             SEP             SEP
                            2011            2011            2012            2012            2012            2012            2011
PETROLEUM
BHP Billiton attributable production unless otherwise stated.
CRUDE OIL & CONDENSATE ('000 barrels)
 Bass Strait        2,527    2,190    2,285    2,357    2,659    2,659    2,527
 North West
 Shelf              1,400    1,686    1,671    1,587    1,844    1,844    1,400
 Stybarrow          1,171   836   618   635   534   534    1,171
 Pyrenees           3,901    3,207    2,540    2,482    2,605    2,605    3,901
 Other Australia
 (a)              13  13  13  13  17  17  13
 Atlantis (b)       2,081    2,390    2,262  39    1,586    1,586    2,081
                                                     
 Mad Dog (b)                   -               -               -               -   377   377               -
 Shenzi (b) (c)     3,848    4,119    4,071    3,607    4,035    4,035    3,848
 Onshore US (d)    672    1,631    2,202    2,434    2,358    2,358   672
 Trinidad/Tobago   466   466   453   488   397   397   466
 Other Americas
 (b) (e)           373   374   373   348   367   367   373
 UK                447   433   328   367   252   252   447
 Algeria (f)        1,498    1,437    1,236    1,291    1,309    1,309    1,498
 Pakistan         85  84  75  78  73  73  85
 Total               18,482     18,866     18,127     15,726     18,413     18,413     18,482


NATURAL GAS
(billion cubic
feet)
 Bass Strait        31.88    23.65    19.74    31.47    39.39    39.39    31.88
 North West
 Shelf              32.97    32.56    29.60    29.80    35.41    35.41    32.97
 Other Australia
 (a)               4.45   4.56   4.42   4.87   6.20   6.20   4.45
 Atlantis (b)      0.64   0.67   1.18   0.01   0.50   0.50   0.64
                                                     
 Mad Dog (b)                   -               -               -               -   0.06   0.06               -
 Shenzi (b) (c)    0.62   0.57   0.56   0.47   0.96   0.96   0.62
 Onshore US (d)     77.59     121.63     124.17     124.53     122.59     122.59    77.59
 Trinidad/Tobago   9.31   9.72   9.50   9.54   9.08   9.08   9.31
 Other Americas
 (b) (e)           1.19   0.98   1.09   0.79   0.35   0.35   1.19
 UK                3.91   5.51   5.03   5.54   3.33   3.33   3.91
 Pakistan           14.79    14.64    13.88    14.23    13.02    13.02    14.79
 Total               177.35     214.49     209.17     221.25     230.89     230.89     177.35
NGL ('000
barrels of oil
equivalent)
 Bass Strait        1,823    1,407    1,355    1,738    2,074    2,074    1,823
 North West
 Shelf             423   434   421   342   394   394   423
                                                                  
 Atlantis (b)      120   123   221               1  37  37   120
                         
 Mad Dog (b)                   -               -               -               -               9               9               -
 Shenzi (b) (c)    296   293   291   244   309   309   296
 Onshore US (d)    416   943    1,275    1,388    1,516    1,516   416
 Other Americas
 (b) (e)          41  34  34  24  13  13  41
                                                                                  
 UK               18  45  12  21               -               -  18
                                                    
 Algeria (f)       219  83               -               -               -               -   219
 Total              3,356    3,362    3,609    3,758    4,352    4,352    3,356
TOTAL PETROLEUM
PRODUCTS            51.40    57.98    56.60    56.36    61.25    61.25    51.40
(million barrels of oil
equivalent) (g)



(a) Other Australia includes Minerva.

(b) Gulf of Mexico volumes are net of royalties.

(c) The Genghis Khan operation is reported in Shenzi.

(d) Fayetteville shale acquisition completed on 31 March 2011. Petrohawk
Energy Corporation acquisition completed on 20 August 2011. Onshore US volumes
are net of mineral holder royalties.

(e) Other Americas includes Neptune, West Cameron 76, Genesis and Starlifter.
West Cameron 76 and Starlifter were divested in May 2012.

(f) Algeria includes ROD and Ohanet. The Ohanet Risk Sharing Contract expired
in October 2011.

(g) Total barrels of oil equivalent (boe) conversions are based on 6,000 scf
of natural gas equals 1 boe.



PRODUCTION AND SALES
REPORT
                                     QUARTER ENDED                                 YEAR TO DATE
                     SEP          DEC          MAR          JUN          SEP          SEP          SEP
                    2011         2011         2012         2012         2012         2012         2011
ALUMINIUM
BHP Billiton attributable production and sales unless otherwise stated.
('000
tonnes)
ALUMINA
 Saleable
 production
 Worsley,                       
 Australia           752          694          741          730          859          859          752
 Alumar,                        
 Brazil              308          307          311          309          311          311          308
                                                     
 Total             1,060        1,001        1,052        1,039        1,170        1,170        1,060
 Sales
 Worsley,                       
 Australia           720          745          713          750          820          820          720
 Alumar,                        
 Brazil              280          349          216          356          352          352          280
                                                  
 Total             1,000        1,094          929        1,106        1,172        1,172        1,000
ALUMINIUM
 Production
 Hillside,
 South                          
 Africa              180          180          144          117          139          139          180
 Bayside,
 South            
 Africa               25           24           26           23           25           25           25
 Alumar,          
 Brazil               44           42           42           42           39           39           44
 Mozal,           
 Mozambique           66           67           65           66           67           67           66
                                
 Total               315          313          277          248          270          270          315
 Sales
 Hillside,
 South                          
 Africa              163          186          141          126          139          139          163
 Bayside,
 South            
 Africa               24           25           27           21           26           26           24
 Alumar,          
 Brazil               44           43           31           45           46           46           44
 Mozal,           
 Mozambique           60           85           66           54           58           58           60
                                
 Total               291          339          265          246          269          269          291



PRODUCTION AND SALES
REPORT
                                            QUARTER ENDED                             YEAR TO DATE
                               SEP        DEC        MAR          JUN        SEP        SEP          SEP
                              2011       2011       2012         2012       2012       2012         2011
BASE METALS
BHP Billiton attributable production and sales unless otherwise stated. Metals production is payable
metal unless otherwise stated.
Escondida,
Chile
 Material
 mined       ('000                                                           
 (100%)      tonnes)   69,006     96,152    103,321   109,724    102,499    102,499  69,006
 Sulphide
 ore milled  ('000                                                     
 (100%)      tonnes)   12,029     18,663     16,449  18,640     16,850     16,850  12,029
 Average
 copper
 grade       (%)             0.97%      0.97%      1.14%        1.37%      1.35%      1.35%        0.97%
 Production
 ex mill     ('000                                 
 (100%)      tonnes)          91.9      144.3      153.1        211.7      185.2      185.2         91.9
 Production
 Payable     ('000                             
 copper      tonnes)          49.9       80.4       87.7        115.8      101.2      101.2         49.9
 Payable
 gold        (fine                                                 
 concentrate ounces)   11,063     14,242     12,732  12,817      9,419      9,419  11,063
 Copper
 cathode     ('000                       
 (EW)        tonnes)          32.9       43.0       47.4         48.7       41.6       41.6         32.9
 Payable
 silver      ('000                
 concentrate ounces)           403        549        481          488        350        350          403
 Sales
 Payable     ('000                         
 copper      tonnes)          49.2       82.1       82.6        113.1       95.7       95.7         49.2
 Payable
 gold        (fine                                                 
 concentrate ounces)   10,974     14,435     11,998  12,683      8,999      8,999  10,974
 Copper
 cathode     ('000                       
 (EW)        tonnes)          25.7       45.3       44.3         53.4       38.8       38.8         25.7
 Payable
 silver      ('000                
 concentrate ounces)           404        558        454          483        324        324          404
Pampa Norte,
Chile
 Cerro
 Colorado
 Material    ('000                                                     
 mined       tonnes)   14,736     16,792     16,320  16,246     16,067     16,067  14,736
             ('000                                     
 Ore milled  tonnes)         4,608      4,601      4,300        4,388      4,505      4,505        4,608
 Average
 copper
 grade       (%)             0.72%      0.71%      0.72%        0.61%      0.55%      0.55%        0.72%
 Production
 Copper
 cathode     ('000                       
 (EW)        tonnes)          22.5       23.5       18.7         18.7       17.8       17.8         22.5
 Sales
 Copper
 cathode     ('000                       
 (EW)        tonnes)          22.4       23.8       20.2         19.1       16.1       16.1         22.4
 Spence
 Material    ('000                                                     
 mined       tonnes)   19,816     26,511     29,982  28,594     27,541     27,541  19,816
             ('000                                     
 Ore milled  tonnes)         3,862      4,909      4,279        3,604      3,752      3,752        3,862
 Average
 copper
 grade       (%)             1.30%      1.46%      1.20%        1.28%      1.17%      1.17%        1.30%
 Production
 Copper
 cathode     ('000                       
 (EW)        tonnes)          42.9       46.5       47.5         43.4       34.9       34.9         42.9
 Sales
 Copper
 cathode     ('000                       
 (EW)        tonnes)          43.2       46.6       44.1         51.3       31.1       31.1         43.2
Antamina,
Peru
 Material
 mined       ('000                                                     
 (100%)      tonnes)   44,212     38,759     41,474  48,256     54,482     54,482  44,212
 Sulphide
 ore milled  ('000                                                  
 (100%)      tonnes)         9,396      9,656     10,162  12,295     12,274     12,274        9,396
 Average
 head grades
 - Copper   (%)             1.11%      1.15%      1.10%        1.01%      1.15%      1.15%        1.11%
 - Zinc     (%)             0.68%      0.72%      0.84%        0.80%      0.66%      0.66%        0.68%
 Production
 Payable     ('000                       
 copper      tonnes)          30.3       30.9       30.9         34.9       40.2       40.2         30.3
 Payable                                                              
 zinc        (tonnes)        8,956     13,553     16,823  18,208     14,514     14,514        8,956
 Payable     ('000                         
 silver      ounces)           972      1,087      1,170        1,043        919        919          972
 Payable                          
 lead        (tonnes)          102        205        148          333        260        260          102
 Payable                          
 molybdenum  (tonnes)          595        766        521          464        454        454          595
 Sales
 Payable     ('000                       
 copper      tonnes)          28.2       31.7       30.7         32.7       39.7       39.7         28.2
 Payable                                                              
 zinc        (tonnes)        9,586     12,654     13,464  18,174     15,519     15,519        9,586
 Payable     ('000                   
 silver      ounces)           833        940      1,114          896        849        849          833
 Payable                    
 lead        (tonnes)           91        139        200           48        330        330           91
 Payable                          
 molybdenum  (tonnes)          549        591        669          488        536        536          549
Cannington,
Australia
 Material    ('000                
 mined       tonnes)           819        778        756          880        717        717          819
             ('000                
 Ore milled  tonnes)           826        888        778          845        773        773          826
 Average
 head grades
                                  
 - Silver   (g/t)             332        370        367          417        355        355          332
 - Lead     (%)              7.9%       8.8%       8.0%         8.6%       7.6%       7.6%         7.9%
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