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Wednesday 30 May, 2007

BHP Billiton PLC

Transaction In Shares

BHP Billiton PLC
30 May 2007




Issued by:                    BHP Billiton Plc
                              BHP Billiton Limited

To:                           London Stock Exchange
                              Australian Securities Exchange

Cc:                           New York Stock Exchange
                              JSE Limited, Swiss Stock Exchange
                              Deutsche Bank, UBS Zurich

Date:                         30 May 2007

For Release:                  Immediately


BHP BILLITON PLC - TRANSACTION IN SHARES

BHP Billiton Plc announces that on 29 May 2007 it sold to Billiton ESOP Trust
Ltd the following number of its ordinary shares of US$0.50 each, which were
previously held as treasury shares. These shares will be used to
part-satisfy participants in its employee share schemes.

Date of transfer:                                             29 May 2007
Number of ordinary shares transferred:                        100,000
Sale price per share:                                         £ 11.979891
Converted to USD at 1.984:                                    US$ 2,376,810.37

Following the above sale, BHP Billiton Plc holds 24,910,000 of its ordinary
shares as treasury shares and BHP Billiton Limited holds 26,711,714 of the
ordinary shares in BHP Billiton Plc, a total of 51,621,714 shares. The total
number of BHP Billiton Plc ordinary shares in issue (excluding shares held as
treasury shares and shares held by BHP Billiton Limited) is 2,314,840,288.

For further information, please contact:


Investor Relations                     Company Secretary                      Company Secretary
Mark Lidiard                           BHP Billiton Plc                       BHP Billiton Limited
Office:   +44 (0) 20 7802 4156         Robert Franklin                        Jane McAloon
Mobile:  +44 (0) 77 6993 4942          Office:   +44 (0) 20 7802 4116         Office:   +61 3 9609 2445
                                       Mobile:  +44 (0) 7824 302684           Mobile:  +61 409 214 397



This announcement does not constitute, or form part of, an offer or any
solicitation of an offer for securities in any jurisdiction.


         Further information on BHP Billiton can be found on our internet site:  www.bhpbilliton .com

Australia                                              United Kingdom
Samantha Evans, Media Relations                        Mark Lidiard, Investor & Media Relations
Tel: +61 3 9609 2898  Mob: +61 400 693 915             Tel: +44 20 7802 4156  Mob: +44 7769 934 942
email: [email protected]                  email: [email protected]

Jane Belcher, Investor Relations                       Illtud Harri, Media Relations
Tel: +61 3 9609 3952  Mob: +61 4 417 031 653           Tel: +44 20 7802 4195  Mob: +44 7920 237 246
email: [email protected]                  email: [email protected]

United States                                          South Africa
Tracey Whitehead, Investor Relations                   Ivan Arriagada, Investor Relations
Tel: +44 20 7802 4031  Mob:  +44 7917 648 093          Tel SA: +27 11 376 2121 or UK: +44 20 7802 4183
email: [email protected]                email: [email protected]




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