Expansions to boost coal export records
By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
CENTRAL Queensland Ports Au- thority (CQPA) is continuing to progress as a key player in Glad- stone's powerhouse performance.
A recent Queensland Coal Re- port, by The Department of Natu- ral Resources and Mines, showed the CQPA had increased its coal export tonnage.
Over a twelve-month period to September 2004, 42,922,770 million tonnes was exported.
This increased to 43,918,614 million tonnes over a twelve- month period to September 2005.
The commissioning of more stockpiles at the RG Tanna Coal Terminal (RGTCT) will further increase coal-handling capabil- ities.
The RGTCT number 17 stock- pile is up and running, also en- hancing export potential.
The RGTCT expansion, due for completion by the end of the year, will cost $230 million and help in- crease output by 25 million tonnes (Mt) per annum.
During 2004-05, coal represent- ed almost 70 per cent of the port's trade, with 518 vessels carrying 43.58 Mts of coal out of Gladstone.
The Port of Gladstone com- prises two coal terminals, the RGTCT and the Barney Point Coal Terminal.
There will be further export gains when the Wiggins Island Terminal project gets up and running.
This will add an extra 70 mt of exporting capacity, costing $1.8 billion dollars.
Stage one is expected to be com- pleted by 2010 and will boost the coal export capacity to 20 mt each year.