The Bureau of Meteorology’s Queensland regional director, Jim Davidson, warned everyone in the state to prepare early not only for cyclones but also for floods “as we have already experienced record September rainfalls across the state”
Anglo American Metallurgical Coal did not confirm it had declared force majeure on deliveries from its German Creek mine yesterday, but a spokesman conceded the recent significant rain was affecting company operations in central Queensland.
Wesfarmer’s nearby Curragh mine has also been disrupted.
“Recent unseasonal wet weather conditions in central Queensland are significantly impacting Curragh’s metallurgical coal production,” Wesfarmers Resources managing director Stewart Butel said on Friday.
Davidson even said there was a good chance a tropical cyclone could cross the coast before the year is out.
Rough wet seasons in the state typically lead to spikes in metallurgical coal prices as Bowen Basin mines, along with ports and rail infrastructure, face either damage or delays caused by heavy rain, flooding or cyclones.
The bureau is expecting La Nina to be a dominating influence throughout spring and summer.
This could lead to above-average tropical cyclone activity.