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NASA Sees Tropical Storm Heidi Approaching Australia's Pilbara Coast
2012-01-11 12:17:45

Tropical Storm Heidi is forecast to make landfall today along the Pilbara coast of Western Australia as warnings pepper the coast. NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead early in the day and captured a visible image showing Heidi's center still north of the Pilbara coast, while her outer bands continue to bring rainfall and gusty winds to coastal residents. NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Heidi on January 11, 2012 at 02:30 UTC (Jan. 10 at 10:30 a.m. EST) and the Moderate Resolution...

2008-10-03 06:00:22

Woodside Petroleum has announced that the North West Shelf Venture's offshore gas production facility, the new Angel platform, is now operational and producing gas for processing at its Karratha gas plant in Western Australia. The A$1.6 billion development involved the installation of a new platform and associated infrastructure, including a 50km subsea pipeline tied back to the existing North Rankin A platform. Located approximately 120km northwest of Karratha, the Angel platform stands...

2008-09-30 06:00:30

Engineering contractor Foster Wheeler has announced that the onshore liquefied natural gas processing train it has built for the Woodside Energy-led consortium at Karratha in Western Australia has begun production. First liquefied natural gas (LNG) production was achieved ahead of Woodside's target date. The processing train was delivered by the Foster Wheeler-led joint venture at Karratha, Western Australia, for Woodside Energy as operator on behalf of the North West Shelf Venture (NWSV)....

2008-09-02 12:00:29

Chevron Australia, a subsidiary of Chevron, has announced first gas from the North West Shelf Venture's Train-5 onshore liquefied natural gas facility at the Karratha gas plant in Western Australia. The new $2.1 billion Train-5 production facility is now online and is expected to increase the joint venture's export capacity by up to 4.4 million tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) annually to 16.3 million tons. The company said that the Train-5 expansion includes a fifth LNG processing...

2006-03-30 09:35:00

PERTH, Australia -- A tiny town known as "cyclone city" on Australia's remote northwest coast was being lashed by winds of up to 235 kmh (145 mph) late on Thursday as a severe tropical cyclone slammed ashore from the Indian Ocean. Tropical cyclone Glenda, the second destructive storm to hit Australia in 10 days, had earlier forced the evacuation of hundreds of people in larger towns, shut down oil and gas rigs and disrupted iron ore shipments in the region. Meteorologists said the eye of the...

2006-03-30 01:55:00

PERTH, Australia -- Hundreds of people were evacuated and thousands more prepared to ride out a severe cyclone bearing down on the northwest Australian coast on Thursday, carrying winds of up to 155 mph. Gale-force winds of at least 62 mph were lashing the coast as tropical Cyclone Glenda approached, emergency officials said. The cyclone had already shut oil and gas fields and disrupted iron ore shipments. It was expected to roar ashore within hours between the iron ore and tourism town of...

2006-03-29 03:58:09

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A severe cyclone with winds exceeding 155 mph menaced northern parts of Western Australia on Wednesday, less than two weeks after a storm devastated homes and crops on the other side of the country. Some oil and gas operations and key iron ore ports closed ahead of the arrival of Cyclone Glenda in an area known as "cyclone alley" because it is regularly swept by storms at this time of year. The storm was downgraded later on Wednesday to a category four, one...

2006-03-28 21:25:00

CANBERRA -- A powerful cyclone with winds up to 300 kph (190 mph) menaced northern parts of Western Australia on Wednesday, less than two weeks after a storm devastated homes and crops on the other side of the country. Some oil and gas operations and key iron ore ports closed ahead of the arrival of Cyclone Glenda in an area known as "cyclone alley" because it is regularly swept by storms at this time of year. The storm, ranked in the most powerful grade for cyclones, category five, was about...

2006-01-09 18:09:35

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Tropical cyclone Clare hit the remote northwest Australian coast early Tuesday, with fierce winds and heavy rain cutting power to two towns that are the hub for the region's offshore gas and oil industries. The Bureau of Meteorology said the category 3 cyclone came ashore near Dampier, 1,200 km (750 miles) north of the Western Australian state capital of Perth, at about 3 a.m. (1900 GMT, January 9) with wind gusts up to 185 kph (115 mph). About 11,000 people live...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'