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Form 6-K

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER

PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16

UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

June 27, 2016

 

 

 

BHP BILLITON LIMITED

(ABN 49 004 028 077)

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

(Jurisdiction of incorporation or organisation)

 

171 COLLINS STREET, MELBOURNE,

VICTORIA 3000 AUSTRALIA

(Address of principal executive offices)

  

BHP BILLITON PLC

(REG. NO. 3196209)

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

ENGLAND AND WALES

(Jurisdiction of incorporation or organisation)

 

NEATHOUSE PLACE, LONDON,

UNITED KINGDOM

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NEWS RELEASE

 

Release Time    IMMEDIATE
Date    27 June 2016
Release Number    15/16

BHP BILLITON DETAILS VALUE-FOCUSED APPROACH TO EXPLORATION

BHP Billiton today outlined its value-focused approach to exploration which will see the Company target opportunities across copper and oil to enhance its long-life, tier 1 portfolio.

Speaking at Citigroup’s Mining Exploration Day in Sydney, BHP Billiton Head of Geoscience, Laura Tyler, said the Company is focusing its exploration approach through targeted analysis and the establishment of a Geoscience Centre of Excellence.

Ms Tyler said exploration is seen as a key source of value creation for BHP Billiton.

“We are investing at a time when most in our sector continue to reduce discretionary spend,” she said.

“Next financial year, we intend to invest approximately US$900 million dollars in exploration, which represents 18 per cent of our overall capital budget.

“We are also challenging existing paradigms with a scientific based and disciplined approach to exploration. We have reduced exploration operating costs by 70 per cent since 2013, and this year we have increased the targets tested by 44 per cent.”

BHP Billiton’s Petroleum exploration program is focused on three conventional deepwater basins in:

 

    the Gulf of Mexico,

 

    the Caribbean (in Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados), and

 

    the Northern Beagle sub-basin off the coast of Western Australia.

“Over the last four years we have developed a new approach to Petroleum exploration that is much more focused,” Ms Tyler said.

 

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“We have commenced drilling in Trinidad and Tobago and have secured an additional rig which will soon commence drilling in a prospective block north of our Shenzi operations in the Gulf of Mexico.”

BHP Billiton’s Copper exploration program is targeting tier 1 greenfield mineral deposits, with a particular focus on:

 

    copper porphyry and skarn deposits in Chile, Peru and the south west of the United States,

 

    sedimentary hosted copper deposits in the north of Canada, and

 

    Iron Oxide Copper Gold deposits in South Australia’s Stuart Shelf, adjacent to Olympic Dam.

“We execute our Copper exploration both directly and through investment in joint venture opportunities and we continue to seek partnerships with junior explorers,” Ms Tyler said.

The Company’s regionally based exploration teams are supported by a globally integrated geoscience team to facilitate a faster adoption of best practice and new technology.

“Internal collaboration is very important and we are leveraging our Petroleum business geoscience to identify prospective sediment hosted copper deposit basins,” Ms Tyler said.

“Similarly, we are adopting technology from Petroleum and applying directional drilling techniques to copper exploration.”

Further information on BHP Billiton can be found at: bhpbilliton.com

 

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Value creation through exploration
27 June 2016
Laura Tyler, Head of Geoscience
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For example, future revenues from our operations, projects or mines described in this presentation will be based, in part, upon the market price of the minerals, metals or petroleum produced, which may vary significantly from current levels. These variations, if materially adverse, may affect the timing or the feasibility of the development of a particular project, the expansion of certain facilities or mines, or the continuation of existing operations.
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Key themes
• A focused exploration approach
– regional exploration teams supported by globally integrated geoscience expertise
– exploration investment through the cycle
– more targeted analysis has generated high-quality portfolio
• Targeting deep water oil in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and Western Australia
– analysis of high-quality data underpins our prospects
– testing three basins over the next three years
– counter-cyclically securing additional acreage and rigs
• Pursuing greenfield copper discoveries with a focus on the Americas and Australia
– improvements in geoscience and technology are increasing drilling efficiency
– progressing potential opportunities in preferred deposit types
– seeking partnerships with junior explorers to de-risk projects and secure future options

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A value-focused exploration approach
• Exploration is a key source of value creation
– investment through the cycle with US$700-900 million of annual spend anticipated from FY16 to FY18
– exploration increases as a proportion of total capital expenditure as we accelerate evaluation
• We have the right people and processes
– regional based exploration teams supported by globally integrated geoscience expertise
– right data and fit-for-purpose systems
• A focused portfolio of opportunities in copper and conventional oil
– further brownfield potential in our large, long-life, low-cost assets
– seeking large greenfield discoveries in copper and oil to complement our strong portfolio of tier 1 assets
– access to preferred ore bodies and fields supported by key stakeholder relationships and financial strength
A key component of value creation through the cycle
(capex, US$ million)
(share of total capex,%)
2,500
25
2,000
20
1,500
15
1,000
10
500
5
0
0
FY12
FY13
FY14
FY15
FY16e
FY17e
Petroleum exploration (LHS)
Minerals exploration (LHS)
Share of total capex (RHS)
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Targeting tier 1 opportunities in Petroleum
• Our Petroleum exploration program has delivered success
– Bass Strait (1960s): Australia’s first world-class hydrocarbon province
– Angostura (1990s): discovered gas field in Trinidad and Tobago
– Gulf of Mexico (2000s): discovery and development of Shenzi deepwater oil and gas field
– Permian (2010s): defined core area and identified optimal production horizons
• We continue to seek potential tier 1 opportunities…
– 5 Bboe petroleum system
– 1 Bboe potential (net to BHP Billiton)
– multiple 250 Mmboe pools
– >100,000 kboe/d (net to BHP Billiton)
• …with characteristics to maximise returns
– supportive fiscal terms
– ‘early mover’ advantage
– security of tenure
A long history of Conventional exploration success
(production, kboe/d)
450
300
150
0
Bass Strait
Other
UK
GoM
Western Australia
FY69
FY79
FY89
FY99
FY09
Optimised Onshore US acreage through exploration
(Permian acreage)
N
New Mexico
Texas
Miles
0 25 50 75 100
2012
N
New Mexico
Texas
Miles
0 25 50 75 100
2016
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A focused oil exploration program
• Based on our global endowment study we have built a position across six plays in the deep water
– Paleogene and Cretaceous in the Gulf of Mexico
– Pliocene, Miocene and Paleogene in the Caribbean
– Jurassic in the Beagle sub-basin
• Evaluation of tier 1 oil potential supported through…
– high-quality, comprehensive 3D seismic data
– best-in-class technical computing infrastructure
– maturing opportunities in the fastest timeframe
• We aim to test these plays through a drilling program over the next three years
– drilling underway in Trinidad and Tobago
– program accelerated by securing additional rig currently en route to Gulf of Mexico to drill in parallel
Significant exploration potential in the next three years
(value1, BHP Billiton share)
FY16 – Phase I
FY17 – Phase II
FY17 – Phase I
FY18 – Phase II
FY18 –Phase I
Gulf of Mexico
Trinidad and Tobago
Western Australia
Risked
Unrisked
1. Under our long-term price forecasts; BHP Billiton share.

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Gulf of Mexico remains highly prospective
• We have a track record of successful exploration and operations in the Gulf of Mexico
• We continue to build our acreage position in the current low oil price environment
- 91 blocks secured in past nine months with no well obligations
• Shenzi North exploration wells encountered hydrocarbons
- assessing nearfield potential in our Southern Green Canyon production heartland
- accelerated plan to further appraise the basin by drilling the Caicos well early in FY17
• Possible opportunities beyond Shenzi North
- Paleogene and Cretaceous plays in the western Gulf of Mexico
- continue to evaluate deepwater for potential access in Mexico
Significant acreage offers tier 1 oil potential
BHP Billiton leases
Mexico Ronda 1
USA
Southern Green Canyon
Mexico
0 200 km
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First mover advantage in the Caribbean
• We have built a dominant ‘first mover’ deepwater acreage position in
Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados
- ~17,500 sq km across two plays
- eleven blocks (nine in Trinidad and Tobago, and two in Barbados)
- 60% to 100% BHP Billiton equity
• Safely completed largest seismic survey ever undertaken by an Independent Oil Company in FY14-15
• Ongoing evaluation of the high quality 3D seismic continues to support tier 1 potential
• Staged program to test three independent plays
- stage 1: completed data acquisition and interpretation
- stage 2: commenced first of 3 wells, LeClerc, spud in May 2016
- stage 3: further 5 well drilling campaign
Leading ‘first-mover’ acreage position
BHP Billiton acreage
Oil/gas fields
Proprietary 3D seismic1
Barbados
Tobago
Trinidad
Venezuela
17,687 sq km
3,528 sq km
Guyana
0
200 km
Large footprints*
Shenzi
LeClerc
*sizes to scale
Trinidad and Tobago LeClerc prospect
3D seismic volume
15km
3km
10km
Surface core
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Prospective position in Western Australia
• We have accessed a dominant position over largely untested Northern Beagle sub-basin
- farmed into two blocks totalling ~25,000 sq km
- 55-60% working interest and operatorship
• >30,000 sq km of 3D seismic data accessed
• Sub-regional evaluation in progress
- targeting Jurassic-aged play
- drilling decision expected in FY17
A dominant position in the Northern Beagle sub-basin
BHP Billiton leases
Oil/gas fields
Beagle
Sub-basin
Scarborough
and Thebe
Tallaganda
and Bunyip
Exmouth
Sub-basin
Pyrenees-Macedon
Barrow
Sub-basin
Karratha
Dampier
Sub-basin
NWS
0 200 km
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A history of successful copper exploration
1966 Island Copper
1995 Resolution
1981 Escondida
1985 Cerro Colorado
1986 Chimborazo
1991 Escondida Norte
1996 Spence
2002 Pinta Verde
2006 Pampa Escondida
2008 Escondida Este
2010 Escondida Sur
1996 Antamina
1975 Olympic Dam
1985 Wirrda Well
21 additional deposits were discovered and divested based on competitiveness within the BHP Billiton portfolio.
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Copper exploration remains a strategic priority
• Safe, focused and disciplined programs
- brownfield exploration has maximised our existing ore bodies
- current focus on greenfield copper exploration with annual budget of >US$60 million from FY16 to FY18
• >1.6 million hectares with >100 active projects in different stages
- 102,000 and 41,000 additional hectares acquired in Peru and the South West US in FY16, respectively1
- seeking partnerships with junior explorers to de-risk projects and secure future options
• Greenfield discoveries can deliver copper for US$0.02 to US$0.04 per pound
- 44% increase in targets tested in FY16
- reduced operating costs by 70% per metre drilled since 2013
Increased drilling activity at prospective projects
(number of targets tested)
20
15
10
5
0
FY15
Chile
FY16e
United States
Peru
FY17e
Canada
A greater focus on in ground expenditure
(%)
FY16e
35
65
Fixed costs (overheads)
FY17e
31
69
Variable costs (in ground)
1. Subject to regulatory approvals.
2. Based on industry exploration costs and BHP Billiton analysis; considers discoveries with an identified resource ³1 Mt of contained copper.
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Targeting large, high-grade, long-life, option-rich deposits
Sediment hosted deposits with >2% grade in northern Canada
Porphyry and Skarn deposits with >1% grade in the Americas (Peru, Chile, South West US)
IOCG1 deposits with >2.5% copper equivalent grades in the Stuart Shelf of Australia
1. Iron ore, copper and gold poly-metallic ore body.
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The next generation of copper exploration
• We have a wide range of improvement initiatives
- partnerships with Bristol and Wollongong Universities on determination of mineralisation
- potential to leverage our Petroleum geoscience to identify prospective sediment-hosted-copper deposit basins
- Centre of Excellence and increased team focus
• The use of technology will improve expenditure efficiency
- drone mounted sensors allow greater coverage and improve safety
- down-hole assay tool allows rapid, on-the-ground analysis and sampling
- potential to apply Petroleum directional drilling techniques to Copper exploration
Improved mineral characterisation through partnerships and technology
(determination of zircon mineralisation, Wollongong University)
Cathodoluminescence
Petrography
100um
Layer*
100um
EDS-SEM Elemental
Mapping
Quartz
Al-Fe-Mg-Silicate
Rutile
[A]
CdS
Chalcopyrite
Chalcopyrite
fracture fill
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Key themes
• A focused exploration approach
– regional exploration teams supported by globally integrated geoscience expertise
– exploration investment through the cycle
– more targeted analysis has generated high-quality portfolio
• Targeting deep water oil in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and Western Australia
– analysis of high-quality data underpins our prospects
– testing three basins over the next three years
– counter-cyclically securing additional acreage and rigs
• Pursuing greenfield copper discoveries with a focus on the Americas and Australia
– improvements in geoscience and technology are increasing drilling efficiency
– progressing potential opportunities in preferred deposit types
– seeking partnerships with junior explorers to de-risk projects and secure future options
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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

      BHP Billiton Limited and BHP Billiton Plc
Date: June 27, 2016     By:  

/s/ Rachel Agnew

    Name:   Rachel Agnew
    Title:   Company Secretary