Expansion of terminal stockpiles on track
By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
THE Central Queensland Ports Authority (CQPA) is on track to complete the expansion of its stockpile facility.
The RG Tanna Coal Terminal's stockpile 17 will be ready next week and will have its first inloading of coal and export of coal in January next year.
This will lift the terminal's coal storage capacity from 4.8 million tonnes (Mt) to 5.1 Mt.
Further increases to coal storage facilities during the coming years were approved during a recent shareholding ministers meeting.
Construction of three additional stockpiles will push capacity up to 6.3 Mt.
Work on stockpiles 19, 20 and 21 are also in the pipeline, but a completion date has not been finalised.
Each of the terminal's stockpiles have a storage capacity of 300,000 tonnes and are used by 12 Central Queensland coal mines.
The stockpile construction has come on the back of a major overhaul of the existing conveyor stream to allow for unloading of coal on to the new stockpiles.