PERTH Feb 25 Apache Energy said on
Monday that it has stopped production from its Stag oil facility
off the coast of Western Australia ahead of Tropical Cyclone
The category 2 cyclone will likely strengthen into a
category 4 cyclone with winds of up to 280 kilometres per hour
(170 miles per hour) by Wednesday morning, when it makes
landfall, the Australian weather bureau said.
Apache said it will continue to monitor the path of the
cyclone, but did not say when it expects to restart production
at the Stag oil field, which produces about 8,800 barrels of oil
Woodside, Santos, Chevron, and BHP Billiton
also produce oil from offshore fields that
contribute about a third of Australia's oil production of
390,000 barrels per day.
Woodside said it is taking precautions to safeguard its
employees and assets in response to the cyclone. Other operators
in the area did not immediately respond to a request for
Australia's cyclone season runs from November to April, with
at least half a dozen storms forming there each season.
The northwest region is also home to two of the country's
largest gas production facilities, Woodside's Northwest
Shelf and Pluto liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants.