* Some companies declare force majeure on Gladstone
* Queensland rains to continue affecting output
PERTH Dec 8 Five mines in Australia's
Queensland state were forced shut as flooding and bad weather
swept through the region, Gladstone Ports Corporation said on
The mines include Xstrata's Rolleston, Yancoal
Australia's Minerva, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance's
Blackwater, Jellinbah Resources' Jellinbah mine, and
Ensham Resources' Ensham mine.
In addition, a number of unnamed coal companies have
decided to exercise force majeure on coal shipments out of the
Port of Gladstone, the port said.
"Gladstone Ports Corporation is not able to comment on
which individual coal companies have taken this action,"
Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) spokeswoman Lee McIvor told
Reuters in an email.
Ensham Resources was one of the companies that declared
force majeure out of Gladstone port, according to a shipping
and logistics firm. [ID:nL3E6N708B]
Several other Queensland-based coal producers have also
been affected by unseasonal rains in the state as eastern
Australia experiences its wettest spring on record.
The Australian weather bureau is forecasting more rainfall
through the end of the week, and has said the unusually wet
weather in eastern Australia is due to a La Nina weather
Macarthur Coal declared force majeure at its
Coppabella and Moorvale coal mines and Isaac Plains coal mine,
a 50-50 joint venture between Aquila Resources and
Vale , also declared force majeure last week.
(Reporting by Rebekah Kebede; Editing by Ed Davies)