Barney Point coal operations to end next year

OPERATIONS at the Gladstone Ports Corporation's Barney Point Coal Terminal will end in August next year.

Coal exports which currently leave from the Barney Point terminal will be transferred to the RG Tanna and Wiggins Island coal terminals.

Ports Corporation CEO Craig Doyle said the closure was in line with the corporation's 50-year strategic plan, and would enable operations at Barney Point to focus on other dry bulk and possible new trade opportunities.

It is envisaged that several products, such as calcite and woodchip, will be transferred from the port's Auckland Point facilities to the Barney Point Terminal.

Following the removal of coal from Barney Point Terminal, a transition period will be in place to enable the site to be cleaned and prepared prior to the introduction of new products.

The corporation is also investigating the option of importing and exporting petroleum products through Barney Point.

It will continue to keep the community updated about future trade opportunities at Barney Point through its newsletters and local media.

Mr Doyle said he was pleased to be able to confirm that the closure would not affect permanent employee numbers due to port growth, new trade opportunities and the continued high utilisation of the RG Tanna Coal Terminal.

He said the closure of coal operations at Barney Point was a positive and progressive step for the port, as the corporation consolidated its management of coal.

"Managing the impact of our operations on the community is a critical task for GPC, as is ensuring the sustainability of our facilities," he said.

"The transfer of coal to RG Tanna and Wiggins Island will provide mutual benefit for both GPC, our customers and the community."



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