The half-year result was driven by a 4% growth in liquids production, while it also registered a 15% jump in gas production.
However, the story was different quarter-on-quarter, with BHP recording an overall 2% contraction in petroleum production, although its liquids component did jump up by 4% to 23.3 million barrels.
The growth in liquids was down to continued growth of its US onshore drilling business, while development drilling at the Shenzi field and a full quarter contribution from both the Mad Dog and Atlantis facilities also helped.
It said its US business had registered a record liquids production figure of 48,000 barrels per day, with drilling in the liquids-rich parts of the Eagle Ford shale and Permian expected to drive further growth in the 2013 financial year.
It said it spent a total of $US2.1 billion ($A1.99 billion) on its onshore business during the half year, and said its FY2013 guidance remained unchanged at $4 billion.
Petroleum boss Michael Yeager in particular will be hoping the liquids story gains traction with investors after a well-publicised write-down in the value of its Chesapeake assets last year led to him forgoing a bonus and harsh criticism of the company for "buying at the top of the market".
Meanwhile, its gas production dove during the quarter, down 6% quarter-on-quarter with BHP telling the market this morning that this was driven by a seasonal reduction in demand for gas from its Bass Strait projects.
It left its FY2013 production guidance unchanged at 240MMboe.