Heavy Rains Stall Rio Tinto’s Australian Operations

13 December 2010 (Last Updated December 13th, 2010 18:30)

Heavy rains in central Queensland, Australia, have stalled Rio Tinto’s mining operations in the region. The firm declared force majeure for three of its mines – Clermont, Blair Athol and Hail Creek – which been affected by the weather, reports the BBC. Since September, heav

Heavy rains in central Queensland, Australia, have stalled Rio Tinto’s mining operations in the region.

The firm declared force majeure for three of its mines – Clermont, Blair Athol and Hail Creek – which been affected by the weather, reports the BBC.

Since September, heavy rains have impacted coal output and transport, leading to a sharp decline of stockpiles in the region.

On Monday, Rio Tinto re-established access to the majority of operating pits and restarted rail lines.