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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

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Form 6-K

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER

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UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

November 17, 2015

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NEWS RELEASE

INCIDENT AT SAMARCO

A copy of the briefing statement by BHP Billiton CEO, Andrew Mackenzie to investors and analysts on the incident at the Samarco Mineração S.A (Samarco) iron ore operation in Minas Gerais, Brazil is attached.

The audio recording of the briefing and the transcript will be available on the BHP Billiton website.

Further updates will be provided when information becomes available.

Further information on BHP Billiton can be found at: www.bhpbilliton.com .

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Andrew Mackenzie, CEO BHP Billiton

Investor and analyst briefing statement

17 November 2015

Thank you for joining this call.

Everyone at BHP Billiton has been deeply affected by the terrible incident at the Samarco iron ore operation in Minas Gerais in Brazil just over a week ago. And we remain filled with sadness and concern for the community there.

I travelled to the region last week with Jimmy Wilson, our President of Iron Ore, and the devastation we witnessed on site and around the community was heart-breaking.

It was important to go there to learn more about the local situation and better understand how BHP Billiton can best help, both now and over the longer term.

We spent time with the Samarco workforce...


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