BHP, Rio Group operations resume as cyclone stops
BHP Billiton Ltd., Rio Tinto Group and other mining companies in northwest Australia are resuming operations after Cyclone Stan missed major export hubs and was downgraded as it lost power and moved inland.
The ex-tropical Category 2 cyclone will move through Western Australia's interior Monday with rain and thunderstorms forecast for parts of the state's Goldfields region and the Pilbara iron ore district, the Bureau of Meteorology said on its website. The weather system made landfall early Sunday east of Port Hedland, the world's largest bulk-export terminal, with less force than expected, the bureau said. Port Hedland is the gateway to Asia for miners including BHP and Fortescue Metals Group Ltd., which produce iron ore in the Pilbara. After closing for more than 48 hours, the port said on its website Sunday that the harbor was again open for business. "Safety inspections on site have been completed and operations will progressively recommence," BHP said Monday in an e-mailed statement.