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

February 26, 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

(Address of principal executive offices)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F:    x  Form 20-F     ¨  Form 40-F

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(1):  ¨

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(7):  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant by furnishing the information contained in this Form is also thereby furnishing the information to the Commission pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934:    ¨  Yes    x  No

If “Yes” is marked, indicate below the file number assigned to the registrant in connection with Rule 12g3-2(b): n/a

 

 

 


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Release Time    IMMEDIATE
Date    26 February 2016
Release Number    6/16

MARKET SPECULATION - SAMARCO

As announced on 30 November 2015, the Federal Attorney General, the States of Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais and other public authorities have commenced a public civil claim, seeking the establishment of a fund for clean-up costs and damages relating to the Samarco dam failure. As referred to in the BHP Billiton results for the half year ended 31 December 2015, BHP Billiton Brasil, Samarco and Vale S.A. are in negotiations with the Brazilian Government in relation to that claim.

There has been speculation in the press that a settlement has been reached with the Brazilian authorities concerning the claim. Significant progress has been made with the negotiations, and we are hopeful that an agreement will be reached. If and when that happens, an announcement will be made at that time.

 

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Media Relations   Investor Relations
Australia and Asia   Australia and Asia
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
Eleanor Colonico   Andrew Gunn
Tel: +61 3 9609 2360 Mobile +61 407 064 748   Tel: +61 3 9609 3575 Mobile: +61 402 087 354
Email: Eleanor.Colonico@bhpbilliton.com   Email: Andrew.Gunn@bhpbilliton.com
Paul Hitchins   United Kingdom and South Africa

Tel: +61 3 9609 2592 Mobile +61 419 315 001

Email: Paul.Hitchins@bhpbilliton.com

 

 

Jonathan Price

  Tel: +44 20 7802 4131 Mobile: +44 7990 527 726
United Kingdom and South Africa   Email: Jonathan.H.Price@bhpbilliton.com
Ruban Yogarajah   Americas

Tel: +44 207 802 4033 Mobile +44 7827 082 022

Email: Ruban.Yogarajah@bhpbilliton.com

 

 

James Wear

  Tel: +1 212 310 1421 Mobile: +61 429 124 209
Jennifer White   Email: James.Wear@bhpbilliton.com

Tel: +44 207 802 7462 Mobile +44 7827 253 764

Email: Jennifer.White@bhpbilliton.com

 

 

Joseph Suarez

  Tel: +1 212 310 1422 Mobile: +1 646 400 3803
North America   Email: Joseph.Suarez@bhpbilliton.com
Jaryl Strong  
Tel: +1 713 499 5548 Mobile: +1 281 222 6627  
Email: Jaryl.Strong@bhpbilliton.com  
 
 
 
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

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:   February 26, 2016   By:  

/s/ Margaret Taylor

    Name:   Margaret Taylor
    Title:   Company Secretary