Hundreds of BHP Billiton jobs could go

HUNDREDS of jobs will vanish from BHP Billiton's iron ore projects in Western Australia, but there is no word yet on whether its Queensland coal workers could face a similar fate.

BHP has been told by consultants to cut up to 3000 roles from its WA operations although the company is yet to confirm whether it will follow the advice.

On Wednesday, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance and BHP Mitsui - the company's coal arms - declined to discuss whether it planned to cut from its 4000-strong workforce at its nine Central Queensland coal operations.

In May, BHP chief executive Andrew Mackenzie said the company's push to cut costs and be more productive had led to "outstanding results".

He said there had been record-breaking production from both its iron ore and coal operations.