AUSTRALIA

Kara running out of puff

CYCLONE Kara has been downgraded to a low with nothing more than heavy rain being reported as the storm reached the northwestern Australian mainland. Kara crossed the coastline at a remote area near Eighty Mile Beach, north of Port Hedland, at 5am (WST) today.

Kara running out of puff

Downgraded to a Category 2 cyclone overnight, the storm continued to weaken rapidly as it approached the coast.

Kara has reportedly forced the temporary shut-in of at least 172,600 barrels per day of Australian oil production, about 40% of the country’s total output.

Operations forced to interrupt production included Woodside Petroleum, which has closed its 100,000 barrels of oil per day Cossack Pioneer field and the nearby 7000bopd Legendre, the Santos-operated Mutineer-Exeter field (55,000bopd), and the BHP Billiton-operated Griffin field (10,600bopd).

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