Stockpiles rise on horizon as coal terminal expands

THE expansion of the RG Tanna Coal Terminal is continuing, with Stockpile 18 due to be completed in April.

Stockpile 17 was completed and commissioned by the Central Queensland Ports Authority (CQPA) late last month , while Stockpiles 19, 20 and 21 were approved in November last year and were due to commence construction later this year.

According to a statement from the CQPA, this year would also see the construction of a third rail unloading station and third shiploader.

Stage one of the project, completed in February, involved the upgrade of the terminal's shiploading stream (Shiploaders One and Two) from 4,000 tonnes per hour (tph) to 6,000 tph.

The upgrade was expected to increase the terminal's shiploading capacity by eight to 10 million tonnes per annum. It was anticipated the third rail receival station would increase rail unloading capacity by 20-25 million tonnes (mt), while the third shiploader was expected to significantly boost RGTCT's shiploading capacity.

Overall, with the completion of the third shiploader, third rail receival facility and Stockpiles 19,20 and 21, RGTCT's annual output capacity was expected to increase form 40 mt to 69 mt.

The RGTCT expansion project would see the largest ever capital works program ever undertaken by the CQPA.

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