BHP, Rio Group op­er­a­tions re­sume as cy­clone stops

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

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.

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