Cyclone Carlos in Australia Shuts Port Hedland and other Major Facilities in Western Australia

By on Feb 22, 2011 in Australia, Weather Comments

Cyclone Carlos, now on its sixth day, forced major Australian facilities, including Port Hedland and Woodside Petroleum, to shutdown their operations, on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, according to international sites. The weather in Australia has been affected by consecutive cyclones brought about by La Nina.

Tropical Cyclone Carlos, a category two cyclone, pass through the Pilbara coast of Western Australia. This prompted Port Hedland, Australia‘s largest iron-ore depot, to stop operations and its offshore oil drilling. The bad weather forced the closure of rails and roads in the area.

Below are other major Australian companies that halted operations in the Pilbara region due to Cyclone Carlos.

  • BHP Billiton
  • Rio Tinto
  • Woodside Petroleum
  • Cossack Pioneer platforms
  • Apache in Stag and Van Gogh fields.

Red alert status was raised in the area of Karratha and Dampier as Cyclone Carlos is expected to bring heavy rains and winds of up to 140 kilometers (87 miles) per hour.

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