MELBOURNE (Reuters) – An empty iron ore train derailed in western Australia after erosion of part of the lane, the operator said Monday Mineral Resources Ltd., just a week after the derailment of a fugitive ore train in the north of the state.
About 30 empty railroad cars on a 106-car train left the track Sunday south of the sparsely populated town of Norseman, some 700 km east of Perth, between Esperance Harbor and Koolyanobbing Mine. from Mineral Resources.
No one was injured in the accident, said the miner.
"At this point, it seems that heavy rains and flash floods in the area Saturday took away ballast under a small section of the runway," Mineral Resources said in a statement on the Australian stock exchange.
"(Mineral Resources) does not expect this derailment to have a significant impact on its production and shipping schedule for iron ore at Koolyanobbing."
BHP, the world's largest miner, suspended its rail operations in Western Australia after being forced to derail a fugitive train near the Port Hedland iron ore export center in the north of the country. about 1,500 km to the north.
Mineral Resources said some of the derailed cars were damaged, but not its locomotives. The owner and operator of the railroad, Arc Infrastructure, hopes to complete the repairs this week, he added.
Arc Infrastructure is owned by Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a global asset manager.
Shares in Mineral Resources declined 1.5%, compared to 0.5% for the entire Australian market.
(This corrects the place of the accident in the second paragraph.)
Melanie Burton report; edited by Richard Pullin