UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 6-K

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER

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

UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

November 12, 2015

 

 

 

BHP BILLITON LIMITED

(ABN 49 004 028 077)

  

BHP BILLITON PLC

(REG. NO. 3196209)

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)    (Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA    ENGLAND AND WALES

(Jurisdiction of incorporation

or organisation)

  

(Jurisdiction of incorporation

or organisation)

171 COLLINS STREET, MELBOURNE,

VICTORIA 3000 AUSTRALIA

  

NEATHOUSE PLACE, LONDON,

UNITED KINGDOM

(Address of principal executive offices)    (Address of principal executive offices)

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  BHP Billiton Limited    BHP Billiton Plc
  171 Collins Street    Neathouse Place
  Melbourne Victoria 3000 Australia    London SW1V 1LH UK
  GPO BOX 86    Tel +44 20 7802 4000
  Melbourne Victoria 3001 Australia    Fax + 44 20 7802 4111
  Tel +61 1300 55 47 57 Fax +61 3 9609 3015    bhpbilliton.com
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12 November 2015

 

To:    Australian Securities Exchange      cc:    New York Stock Exchange
   London Stock Exchange         JSE Limited

JOINT STATEMENT BY VALE AND BHP BILLITON

BHP Billiton CEO, Andrew Mackenzie, and Vale CEO, Murilo Ferreira, gave a joint statement regarding the incident at the Samarco joint venture iron ore operation in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

A copy of the joint statement is attached.

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

 

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Rachel Agnew

Company Secretary

 

BHP Billiton Limited ABN 49 004 028 077   BHP Billiton Plc Registration number 3196209
Registered in Australia   Registered in England and Wales
Registered Office: 171 Collins Street Melbourne Victoria 3000   Registered Office: Neathouse Place, London SW1V 1LH United Kingdom

The BHP Billiton Group is headquartered in Australia


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Release Time    IMMEDIATE
Date    Mariana, Brazil: 11 November 2015

JOINT STATEMENT BY VALE AND BHP BILLITON

The below statement is attributable to the CEO of Vale, Murilo Ferreira, and the CEO of BHP Billiton, Andrew Mackenzie:

Together with Jimmy Wilson, BHP Billiton President Iron Ore and Peter Poppinga, Vale Executive Director, Ferrous Minerals, we spent this morning on site at the Samarco mine with CEO, Ricardo Vescovi De Aragão, and meeting with community leaders.

Our immediate priority is to understand the full extent of the consequences of the tailings dam breach and how we can provide further help.

We visited the tailings dam complex, including the site of the failed Fundão dam and affected downstream Santarém dam as well as the Germano dam which is being closely-monitored by Samarco.

We also met with the Samarco incident response teams and civil authorities who have worked tirelessly to evacuate the local community and search for missing people.

On behalf of all of the employees of Vale and BHP Billiton, we offer our profound sympathies to the family, friends and loved ones of the people who died as a result of this tragic incident. We are deeply concerned for the welfare of the employees, contractors and members of the local community who are still missing. Our thoughts are with you all in this distressing and uncertain time.

We were overcome when we saw the devastation in and around Bento Rodrigues. We cannot rebuild the lives of the families who have lost loved ones but we redouble our commitment to Samarco to support the response effort.

As an immediate step, Vale and BHP Billiton pledge to support Samarco in creating an Emergency Fund for rebuilding works and to help the affected families and communities. It is our intention to work with the authorities to get this fund functioning as soon as practicable.

Vale and BHP Billiton also have health, safety, environment and geotechnical experts onsite supporting Samarco’s response. We have also had discussions with Samarco and authorities about the additional support we can provide. Investigations are continuing and Samarco will provide further updates relating to the response and operations.

Again, as joint shareholders in Samarco, we would like to offer our sympathies and prayers to the people of Minas Gerais, Espĺrito Santo and the people of Brazil.

 

Murilo Ferreira

Chief Executive Officer, Vale

  

Andrew Mackenzie

Chief Executive Officer, BHP Billiton


Further information on Vale can be found at: www.vale.com

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

 

BHP Billiton Media Relations   Vale Media Relations
 
Australia   Brazil
 
Emily Perry   Monica Ferreira
Tel: +61 3 9609 2800 Mobile: +61 477 325 803   Tel: +55 21 3814 4360
Email: Emily.Perry@bhpbilliton.com   Email: Monica.ferreira@vale.com
 
Paul Hitchins   Fatima Cristina
Tel: + 61 3 9609 2592 Mobile: + 61 419 315 001   Tel: +55 21 3814 3168
Email: Paul.Hitchins@bhpbilliton.com   Email: Fatima.cristina@vale.com
 
Emma Gilmour  
Tel: +61 3 9609 2947 Mobile: +61 409 856 230  
Email: Eleanor.Nichols@bhpbilliton.com  
 
United Kingdom and Americas  
 
Jennifer White  
Tel: +44 20 7802 7462 Mobile: +44 7827 253 764  
Email: Jennifer.White@bhpbilliton.com  

Members of the BHP Billiton Group which is headquartered in Australia

 

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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: November 12, 2015     By:  

/s/ Rachel Agnew

    Name:   Rachel Agnew
    Title:   Company Secretary