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Number 09/01

BHP Billiton, together with other participants in the North West Shelf Venture, today announced agreement on key terms with Chubu Electric Power Company Inc. of Japan for the sale and purchase of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the North West Shelf (NWS) in Western Australia.

The agreement covers the supply of 0.6 million tonnes of LNG per annum (mtpa) for a long-term period starting in 2009. The parties will now move to finalise a sale and purchase agreement.

The agreement with Chubu Electric follows recent Letters of Intent with other Japanese customers, these being:

  • Tokyo Gas and Toho Gas on 22 September 2000 for the supply of 1 mtpa of LNG, starting 2004.
  • Osaka Gas on 16 January 2001 for the supply of 1 mtpa of LNG, starting 2004.
  • Tohoku Electric Co., Ltd. on 5 February for 0.4 mtpa of LNG, starting 2005.
  • Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. on 28 March for the supply of 0.5 million mtpa of LNG, starting April 2006.


In April this year, BHP Billiton also announced approval for a fourth train expansion of the liquefied natural gas facilities at the North West Shelf Project on the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia.

BHP Billiton's equity in the North West Shelf Project is 16.67%. The other participants are:

  • Woodside Energy Ltd (operator - 16.67%).
  • BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd (16.67%).
  • Chevron Australia Pty Ltd (16.67%).
  • Japan Australia LNG (MIMI) Pty Ltd (16.67%).
  • Shell Development (Australia) Proprietary Limited (16.67%).

Contact

Australia
Dr. Robert Porter
Vice President Investor & Media Relations
Tel: +61 3 9609 3540
Mobile: +61 419 587456
e-mail: Robert Porter

Mandy Frostick
Manager Media Relations
Tel: +61 3 9609 4157
Mobile: +61 419 546 245
e-mail: Mandy Frostick


United Kingdom
Marc Gonsalves
Vice President Investor Relations & Communication
Tel: +44 20 7747 3956
Mobile: +44 7768 264 950
Fax: +44 20 7747 3914
e-mail: Marc Gonsalves


South Africa
Michael Campbell
Vice President Investor & Media Relations
Tel: +27 11 376 3360
Mobile: +27 82 458 2587
Fax: +27 11 376 3362
e-mail: Mike Campbell


United States
Francis McAllister
Manager Investor Relations
Tel: +1 713 961 8625
Mobile: +1 713 480 3699
e-mail: Francis McAllister

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