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Number 24/08

BHP Billiton today announced it had reached agreement with China's Baosteel on the price for iron ore deliveries for the contract year commencing 1 April 2008. The following prices apply to all of its long-term supply agreements for deliveries in the contract year with Baosteel.

Yandi Fine Ore
Newman Fine Ore
US cents 144.66 per dry metric tonne unit.

Newman Lump Ore
US cents 201.69 per dry metric tonne unit.

President BHP Billiton Marketing, Tom Schutte said: "We note the recent 2008 contract year price settlement of a major supply source for Australian iron ore with Baosteel. We are pleased to have also reached agreement with Baosteel at the prices announced today. We will now seek to settle agreements with the remainder of our customers under existing long-term supply agreements both in China and other countries."

Chief Executive Ferrous and Coal, Marcus Randolph added: "Together with our positions in metallurgical coal and manganese, our iron ore business gives us a leading position in the supply of commodities to the steelmaking industry. We are happy to have been able to settle the prices announced today with one of our most important customers and we've been particularly pleased with the spirit in which both Baosteel and BHP Billiton undertook negotiations. At the end of what has been a long process, we believe our relationship with our customers remains as positive and strong as ever."

For further information please contact:

Australia
Samantha Evans, Media Relations
Tel: +61 3 9609 2898  Mobile: +61 400 693 915
email: Samantha.Evans@bhpbilliton.com

Leng Lau, Investor Relations
Tel: +61 3 9609 4202  Mobile: +61 403 533 706
email: Leng.Y.Lau @bhpbilliton.com

United Kingdom & South Africa
Andre Liebenberg, Investor Relations
Tel: +44 20 7802 4131  Mobile: +44 7920 236 974
email: Andre.Liebenberg@bhpbilliton.com

Illtud Harri, Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7802 4195  Mobile: +44 7920 237 246
email: Illtud.Harri@bhpbilliton.com

United States
Scott Espenshade, Investor Relations
Tel:       +1 713 599 6431
Mobile: +1 713 208 8565
email: Scott.Espenshade@bhpbilliton.com 

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