BHP Billiton Ltd. said the Hay Point coal export terminal in Queensland, Australia, remains closed following suspension of operations on March 11 due to poor weather conditions. Railings to the Terminal ceased on March 18. Some mines suspended operations to ensure safety. The terminal sustained some off-shore damage from Cyclone Ului to walkways, cabling and platforms. An early and incomplete assessment suggests it will take three to six weeks for both berths to return to full operation.
BHP Billiton said it has notified affected customers of a force majeure event and will inform them when operations resume at the terminal. BHP Billiton is monitoring conditions at mine sites and is gradually recommencing operations in line with safety procedures.