On Monday, in a statement Australian Rail Track Corp said, Hunter Valley coal rail lines have been shut down because of the massive flooding in the state of New South Wales which have halted deliveries into the port of Newcastle.
“High rainfall, potential for more severe flooding beyond the current impacts to the network, strong winds, fallen trees and debris, power failures and fallen power lines and power poles are all concerns which led to operations being halted,” said Australian Rail Track Corp’s spokesman.
Tracks would be reopened when conditions are safe and water levels recede.
The Hunter Valley network serves mines run by BHP Group Ltd, Glencore PLC, New Hope Corp Ltd, Whitehaven Coal, and Yancoal Australia Ltd, among others. These companies were not immediately available to comment on the impact on their operations.
The Port of Newcastle has two coal terminals with a total annual capacity of 145 million tons.
Australia is seeing heavy rainfall over several days which have caused the worst flooding in more than 50 years, with thousands of people being forced to evacuate their homes.
According to the Australian weather bureau, the downpour is expected to continue over the next few days.