BHP Billiton is a global diversified natural resources company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia and with a major management offices in London, United Kingdom and Houston, Texas.
The company explores for, develops, produces, and markets petroleum with operating assets located in the deep water Gulf of Mexico, onshore U.S., and Australia, as well as the United Kingdom, Trinidad and Tobago, and Pakistan; and holds potash exploration rights to approximately 14,500 square kilometers of prospective ground in the Saskatchewan potash basin in Canada. It also produces and supplies primary aluminum, alumina, nickel, and manganese ore and alloys; and produces and exports seaborne metallurgical coal and thermal coal.
In addition, the company explores for and produces copper, silver, lead, uranium, zinc, and iron ore. It serves smelters; wire rod mills, brass mills, and casting plants; electricity generating utilities; stainless steel, specialty alloy, foundry, chemicals, and refractory material industries; steel producers; and power stations, power generators, and industrial users.
The company was formerly known as BHP Limited and changed its name to BHP Billiton Limited in July 2001. The company was founded in 1860 and is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. BHP Billiton Limited operates as a subsidiary of BHP Billiton Group.