Community meeting for Hay Point Coal Terminal expansion

The third stage of the Hay Point Coal Terminal expansion in Queensland will be discussed with the community at an information session tomorrow.

On Friday, BMA approved the $2.45 million project, which will create 1000 jobs during construction and increase the permanent workforce by 13.

The terminal’s capacity will also increase by 11 million tonnes per annum (mtpa), from 44mtpa to 55mtpa by 2014.

The developments include a ship loader to be built on a new third berth, which will be constructed offshore, and the conveyors and surge bins will be replaces.

Overland conveyors will be built to transfer coal from the stockpile to the jetty, and initial works on the project began mid-2010.

Dredging is necessary to remove soft weathered material like silt and clay and hard rock material to allow the new third birth.

BMA’s factsheet on the project, which is available on its website, says it has employed strict environmental and water quality monitoring programs, developed in consultation with government agencies.

In the ongoing programs, the coal, seagrass, fish communities, invasive marine pest species and water quality are monitored, the factsheet said.

It also stated that an independent environmental site supervisor has been appointed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to oversee the project.

In an effort to reduce the number of cars travelling to Hay Point and congestion on the roads, the majority of employees working on the third stage of the port would travel by bus from Mackay.

BMA says it is building a quarry near the rail line off Hay Point Road to extract rock and fill for us in reclamation works at the Hay Point Coal Terminal.

“To minimise dust impacts associated with the quarry, a dust management strategy has been developed, which includes the routine watering and sealing of haul roads at access points,” the fact sheet said.

“Noise from the site will be managed by the use of low-noise equipment and rock-breaking technologies.”
More information about the expansion can be provided by calling 1800 078 797 or emailing enquiries@bmacoal.com or visiting www.bhpbilliton.com/bmagrowth.

The community information session on the project will be held at the Sarina Beach Road Shopping Centre from tomorrow between 10am and 1:30pm.

Image: BHP Billiton

 

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