BHP, Rio & Fortescue prepare for Cyclone Christine

BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP) is amongst the big miners to have stopped loading ships and suspended rail operations in the Pilbara region as the category three Cyclone Christine heads towards the coast.

The miner said that “tie-down” activities had been completed at Port Hedland, which is Australia’s largest iron ore port. It said: “Extreme weather preparations continue across our mining operations in line with alerts issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services,” stating that the company’s main priority is the safety of employees.

Rivals Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO) and Fortescue Metals Group (ASX: FMG) have also suspended their port operations in the region, although Rio Tinto’s mine and rail operations are continuing.

BHP announced that any impacts to its operations would be included in its next operational report. It is expected that Christine will cross the coast between Port Hedland and Karratha on Monday night or Tuesday morning, with winds of more than 200km/h expected.

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