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BHP Billiton PLC BLT Delivering value through optimisation

  BHP Billiton PLC (BLT) - Delivering value through optimisation

RNS Number : 8000P
BHP Billiton PLC
29 October 2012

Issued by:      BHP Billiton Plc

Date:           30 October 2012

To:             London Stock Exchange

                JSE Limited

For Release:    Immediately

Contact:        Elizabeth Hobley +44 (0) 20 7802 4054


BHP Billiton Plc - Delivering value through optimisation



UK Listing Authority Submission


BHP Billiton Chief Executive Ferrous and Coal, Marcus Randolph, will present
on the Company's Iron Ore and Metallurgical Coal businesses at a briefing in
Sydney today.


A copy of the presentation has been submitted to the National Storage
Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at:


The document may also be accessed via BHP Billiton's website
( or by using the following web link:

Slide 7: Pursuing the capital efficient tonne


·     Our focus has shifted from the marginal tonne to the capital efficient

·     Debottlenecking opportunities have the potential to release significant
capacity well beyond 220 mtpa (100% basis)

·     We will exercise the options with the lowest capital intensity and
highest returns to unlock substantial value


Slide 10: Debottleneck and optimise the supply chain


·     Targeting the release of substantial capacity at low capital intensity


Slide 13: Port: deliver the capital efficient tonne


·     5^th car dumper installed end CY12

·     Optimised throughput potential 55-60 mtpa per dumper

·     7^th and 8^th shiploaders recently installed at Nelson Point

·     Optimised throughput potential 35-40 mtpa per shiploader

·     Low cost opportunity to debottleneck the conveyor, stockyard and
stacker-reclaimer system


Slide 14: Port: low cost debottlenecking of our conveyors and stockyards


·     Latent capacity in our car dumpers and shiploaders has been tested and

·     Complex interconnections are constraining the system

·     System capacity will rise significantly as we debottleneck our
stockyards and conveyors


Slide 16: Rail: substantial upside in our existing dual track


·     Dual track can deliver more than 300 mtpa of capacity with modest


Slide 17: Mines: readily expandable


·     Mobile crushers can unlock 20 mtpa of capacity

·     Jimblebar built for expansion beyond 35 mtpa

·     One new mine required to achieve >300 mtpa





BHP Billiton Plc Registration number 3196209

Registered in England and Wales

Registered Office: Neathouse Place London SW1V 1BH United Kingdom

A member of the BHP Billiton Group which is headquartered in Australia




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