SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16
UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
November 13, 2015
|BHP BILLITON LIMITED||BHP BILLITON PLC|
|(ABN 49 004 028 077)||(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,||NEATHOUSE PLACE, LONDON,|
|VICTORIA 3000 AUSTRALIA||UNITED KINGDOM|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Address of principal executive offices)|
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|13 November 2015|
UPDATE: 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.
BHP Billitons immediate priority is the welfare of the Samarco workforce and the community. The local authorities have advised that through the emergency response, 637 people have been evacuated and temporary accommodation has been provided. Samarco and authorities are providing water and food aid to affected communities.
BHP Billiton and Vale have pledged to support Samarco in establishing an emergency fund for community support and rebuilding works. It is our intention to work with the authorities to ensure that this fund is functioning as soon as practicable.
Minimising the environmental impact of this incident is also a priority and an Environmental Recovery Plan is to be developed by Samarco with the support of an external expert.
At this stage, the tailings extend 440 kilometres downstream and 11 communities have been affected. Samarco has put in place a water monitoring program for the ongoing analysis of the water quality of the Gualaxo do Norte, Carmo and Doce Rivers. Samarco is working with relevant authorities to manage river water quality and ensure availability of potable water.
Samarco employees have been put on paid leave and options are being considered by Samarco for managing the workforce longer term.
Samarco is continuing to monitor the impacted tailings facilities, including the Germano dam. In conjunction with independent experts, Samarco is developing a plan to reinforce the dam structures and stabilise the area.
Samarco operations were immediately stopped following the incident and Samarcos operating licence has been suspended. The Samarco operations will remain suspended as authorities commence investigations and rectification work plans are developed.
Samarco and representatives of BHP Billiton and Vale are meeting with lead insurers in Brazil this week.
Further updates will be provided when information becomes available.
Further information on BHP Billiton can be found at: www.bhpbilliton.com.
|Media Relations||Investor Relations|
|Emily Perry||Tara Dines|
|Tel: +61 3 9609 2800 Mobile: +61 477 325 803||Tel: +61 3 9609 2222 Mobile: +61 499 249 005|
|email: Emily.Perry@bhpbilliton.com||email: Tara.Dines@bhpbilliton.com|
|Paul Hitchins||Andrew Gunn|
|Tel: + 61 3 9609 2592 Mobile: + 61 419 315 001||Tel: +61 3 9609 3575 Mobile: +61 402 087 354|
|email: Paul.Hitchins@bhpbilliton.com||email: Andrew.Gunn@bhpbilliton.com|
|Eleanor Nichols||United Kingdom and South Africa|
|Tel: +61 3 9609 2360 Mobile: +61 407 064 748|
|email: Eleanor.Nichols@bhpbilliton.com||Jonathan Price|
|Tel: +44 20 7802 4131 Mobile: +44 7990 527 726|
|United Kingdom and Americas||email: Jonathan.H.Price@bhpbilliton.com|
|Ruban Yogarajah||Dean Simon|
|Tel: +44 20 7802 4033 Mobile: +44 7827 082 022||Tel: +44 20 7802 7461 Mobile: +44 7717 511 193|
|email: Ruban.Yogarajah@bhpbilliton.com||email: Dean.Simon@bhpbilliton.com|
|Tel: +44 20 7802 7462 Mobile: +44 7827 253 764|
|email: Jennifer.White@bhpbilliton.com||James Agar|
|Tel: +1 212 310 1421 Mobile: +1 347 882 3011|
|Tel: +1 212 310 1422 Mobile: +1 646 400 3803|
|BHP Billiton Limited ABN 49 004 028 077||BHP Billiton Plc Registration number 3196209|
|Registered in Australia||Registered in England and Wales|
|Registered Office: Level 16, 171 Collins Street||Registered Office: Neathouse Place|
|Melbourne Victoria 3000 Australia||London SW1V 1LH United Kingdom|
|Tel +61 1300 55 4757 Fax +61 3 9609 3015||Tel +44 20 7802 4000 Fax +44 20 7802 4111|
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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 13, 2015||By:|