Apache shuts 2 west Australia oilfields ahead of cyclone

SINGAPORE Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:48pm EST

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SINGAPORE Jan 11 (Reuters) - Apache Corp has shut down production from offshore oilfields Stag and Van Gogh in west Australia as cyclone Narelle drew near, a company spokesman said on Friday.

"Production of domestic gas continues uninterrupted from the Varanus Island and Devil Creek hubs, although Apache will continue to closely monitor these facilities during the passage of the cyclone," the spokesman said in an email.

Cyclone Narelle, the first of the Australian season, has intensified into a category four storm, the second-highest level, and will strengthen over the weekend.

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