BHP CEO says no plans to sell petroleum division

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SYDNEY, Nov 12 (Reuters) BHP Billiton Ltd/Plc Chief Executive Marius Kloppers said on Monday the mining giant had no plans to sell its petroleum division as part of a 0 billion takeover approach to rival Rio Tinto .

''No, there are no plans to sell petroleum,'' Kloppers told a Phone briefing.

He said the mining giant had also held early talks with anti-trust regulators in Australia and Europe on the deal, and did not see any need at this stage for it to have to sell any assets.

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