BHP BILLITON PRODUCTION REPORT FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED 31 MARCH 2010
BHP Billiton reached agreement with the majority of its iron ore customers to permanently moveexisting contracts to index based prices on a landed equivalent basis.
Record petroleum production was achieved for the nine months ended March 2010 with strong growthin its high margin crude operations, following the successful start-up of Pyrenees (Australia) andstrong performances from operations in the Gulf of Mexico (USA).
Year to date production records for iron ore on the back of projects delivered from our deep inventoryof ongoing expansions. Western Australia Iron Ore (Australia) and Samarco (Brazil) also achieved yearto date production records.
Year to date production records were also achieved for nickel, alumina and zinc, and at North WestShelf, Hunter Valley Energy Coal, Nickel West and Worsley (all Australia), Mad Dog (USA), Alumarrefinery (Brazil) and Zamzama (Pakistan).
Quarterly production records achieved for alumina, and at North West Shelf and Worsley (bothAustralia) and Samarco and Alumar refinery (both Brazil).
Iron ore and metallurgical coal production was impacted by weather related disruptions.