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BHP Billiton Prices EUR2.0 Billion and GBP1.75 Billion Bonds

19 September 2012

BHP Billiton has priced a two tranche Euro bond and a two tranche Sterling bond under its Euro Medium Term Note Programme.

The Euro bond issue comprises EUR1,250 million 2.250% bonds due 2020 and EUR750 million 3.250% bonds due 2027.  The Sterling bond issue comprises GBP750 million 3.250% bonds due 2024 and GBP1,000 million 4.300% bonds due 2042.

The proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes and in part, redemption of the Group’s commercial paper programme.

This announcement does not constitute an offer of securities for sale in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia or any other jurisdiction.  The securities described herein and therein have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) or under any relevant securities laws of any state of the United States of America, and may not be offered or sold to U.S. persons or to persons within the United States of America, except pursuant to an exemption from the Securities Act.