Glencore suspends Australian zinc mine as cyclone nears
* Aus bracing for two cyclones: one in northwest, one in
* Glencore suspends operations at zinc mine, nearby shipping
* Other miners also preparing for arrival of cyclones
MELBOURNE, March 22 (Reuters) - Commodity giant Glencore
on Friday said it had suspended operations at its
McArthur River zinc mine in northern Australia as a cyclone
Authorities have declared a state of emergency in the region
as Tropical Cyclone Trevor nears, with the nation's weather
bureau on Friday saying the storm was intensifying and warning
of a "severe impact" ahead of landfall on Saturday morning.
At the same time, areas further west are bracing for the
arrival of another cyclone, named Veronica, with key iron ore
ports there being cleared.
"(The McArthur River mine) is preparing for Cyclone Trevor
in line with our standard cyclone procedures," a Glencore
spokesman said in a statement emailed to Reuters.
"We are suspending mining operations onsite and shipping
operations at (the) Bing Bong loading facility."
That comes after commodity giant Rio Tinto
on Wednesday suspended its Weipa bauxite mining operations at
the northeastern tip of the country ahead of the cyclone.
Meanwhile, Rio, BHP and Fortescue
have all cleared their ships from ports ahead of Cyclone
Veronica's expected landfall south of the world's largest iron
ore export hub of Port Hedland on Sunday.
(Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Richard Pullin and
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