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BHP declares force majeure at Queensland coal operations

BHP Billiton Group on April 5 declared force majeure on coal produced at its operations in Queensland, Australia's Bowen Basin as a result of damage caused by Cyclone Debbie to Aurizon Holdings Ltd.'s rail infrastructure.

The operations include its BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance with Mitsubishi Corp. and its BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal Pty. Ltd. venture with Mitsui & Co. Ltd.

Aurizon previously said the repairs may take up to five weeks, and it is considering alternative routes for impacted customers.

BHP Billiton added that it is looking at options to move the coal from mine sites to ports for shipping.