Overview

BHP Billiton Limited is a Public Company that is ranked number 4 out of the top 2000 companies in Australia. The company generates the majority of its income from the Metal Ore Mining in Australia industry.

In 2017 the company generated total revenue of $50,928,866,000 including sales and other revenue. In 2017 BHP Billiton Limited had 26146 employees in Australia including employees from all subsidiaries under the company's control.

The Chief Executive of BHP Billiton Limited is Dr Andrew Mackenzie whose official title is Chief Executive Officer. The Chairman of BHP Billiton Limited is Mr Ken MacKenzie whose official title is Independent Non-Executive Chairman. 

BHP Billiton Limited, now trading as BHP, is a diversified resources company which extracts, processes and markets metals, minerals, coal, iron ore and petroleum products to global markets.

The company operates through the following divisions:

  • Iron Ore - This division explores for and extracts iron ore, and is one of the largest suppliers of the commodity to global markets. The company has operations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia and in Brazil through Samarco, a joint venture with Brazilian miner Vale - the Samarco operations are currently suspended following the dam failure at the site in 2015.
  • Coal - This division produces and markets thermal coal for use in industrial applications and power generation. BHP has mine operations in Australia, South Africa, North and South America. This division also produces and markets hard coking coal for use in the manufacture of steel. BHP supplies the global market through its mines in Queensland and New South Wales. The company owns 50% of BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, 80% of BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal, and 100% of Illawarra Coal.
  • Petroleum and Potash - BHP Billiton Petroleum explores for and extracts petroleum and gas and markets them to more than a dozen countries around the world. Products from this division include crude oil and condensate, natural gas, LPG and LNG. The group is involved in projects in Australia, the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Algeria and the United Kingdom. This division is also involved in potash pre-development, with holdings in Canada.
  • Copper - This division is involved in the exploration for and mining of copper, silver, lead, zinc, molybdenum, uranium, nickel and gold. The Company’s uranium business is currently comprised of world’s largest uranium deposit in Olympic Dam. This division overlooks the mining, processing, smelting and refining of the multi-mineral ore body to final products. The Olympic Dam mine produces copper for customers in Europe, Australia and Asia and also gold and silver for the Australian Perth Mint. Additionally, the company retains two copper assets in Chile and one in Peru, and nickel in Western Australia.

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