An aerial photo of the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal.
An aerial photo of the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal. Contributed

Coal exports will double in already busy Port of Gladstone

COAL will soon be flowing through the Wiggins Island terminal, effectively doubling the coal export from the Port of Gladstone.

The Port of Gladstone is one of the world's top five coal export ports, handling more than 50 million tonnes of coal per annum.

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But it's not the only export we specialise in, even though it's the largest, with aluminium, alumina, calcite, cement clinker and fly ash some of the top exports in January.

The Gladstone Ports Corporation publishes the origins and destination of cargoes, with the ability for anyone to see what comes into and goes out of our port.

During January, 93 ships left the harbour with almost 6.5 million tonnes of cargo, while 139 ships brought in 1.8 million tonnes of cargo from destinations as far away as the west coast of America.

Imports in magnetite, sulphuric acid, caustic soda and petroleum products came from across Asia including Japan, China, Singapore and Korea.

Australia also brings a lot of its own materials in and out of Gladstone via the ocean, importing 1.6 million tonnes of cargo in January, the majority of it bauxite for local industry.

While 310,000 tonnes of cargo was exported from Gladstone to elsewhere in the country, including 80,500 tonnes of cement and 62,000 tonnes of cement clinker.



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