Mine operations face disruptions
IT was an expensive weekend for mines across the Bowen Basin as flooding prevented production on some and completely cut off others. A BMA spokesperson said overnight flash flooding resulted in access being cut to Gregory Crinum and Blackwater mines.
Xstrata spokesperson James Rickards said there had been some disruptions at Rolleston mine, but production was continuing.
“We can meet all customer requirements through stockpiles but due to disruptions on the Goonyella and Blackwater rail systems, we will be declaring force majeure for four vessels yet to arrive between now and Christmas,” he said.
Mr Rickards said the weather had caused no significant damage to the mine.
“The changes that were made earlier in the year when Rolleston mine experienced flooding have helped to ensure that the mine is better able to manage excess water,” he said.
Work at Wesfarmers Curragh Mine resumed on Sunday after about 200mm of rain on Friday cut off the main access road to the mine and created localised flooding.
“Mining operations at Curragh North are yet to recommence due to flooding of the access road with water levels up to 4.6m in three different locations,” a Curragh spokesperson said.
As a precautionary measure, Curragh management relocated two draglines to avoid possible flood areas.
Minerva Mine general manager operations Rod Hicks said the mine was cut off for 12 hours on Friday, with workers regaining access to the site by 4pm and operation commencing by Saturday.