March 15, 2012 / 5:40 AM / 8 years ago

Australia's Port Hedland to shut ahead of cyclone

PERTH (Reuters) - Australia’s Port Hedland, one of the world’s largest export terminals for iron ore, is preparing to shut down ahead of Tropical Cyclone Lua, a port official said on Thursday.

The Category 2 system off Western Australia is expected to strengthen and is moving southeast toward the iron-rich Pilbara mining district, where companies such as Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton have major operations.

Reporting by Rebekah Kebede

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