BHP’s Queensland coal operations resume after Cyclone Debbie

Workers have returned to BHP Billiton’s coal mines in Queensland’s Bowen Basin following Cyclone Debbie.

The cyclone and associated flooding affected power, access and logistics services at the operations.

BHP said its dewatering infrastructure, which was installed after the 2011 floods, is working, with all sites resuming operations and mine production ramping up.

“The safety and security of our employees and their communities remain our highest priority,” BHP said.

BHP also highlighted the cyclone’s impact on rail provider Aurizon’s network, which is inspecting damage to its four coal rail systems – the Newlands, Goonyellla, Blackwater and Moura.

The Hay Point Terminal has also resumed operations, with BHP aiming to manage ongoing access to ports and shipments to its customers.

“We continue to monitor and work through the impacts to production and will provide updates over coming weeks and detail in the Operational Review,” BHP said.

The company has also donated $250,000 to the Salvation Army to support those affected by the cyclone.

Last week, operations also resumed at Resolute Mining’s Ravenswood and Evolution Mining’s Mt Carlton gold mines following the cyclone.

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