Hay Point coal port development moves forward

Aurecon joint venture Aurecon Hatch is working with North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation to assist in developing a master plan for Hay Point’s expansion.

The plan is being developed due to the current pressure on coal infrastructure, and to double the export capacity of the coal terminal over the next decade.

Aurecon’s project leader Peter McIntyre said “demand is significant for coal and we fully expect this to increase so ensuring that our infrastructure needs are met is the logical first step.

“This plan also must take into account sustainability issues even though the port of Hay Point is already one of the largest coal export ports in the world,” he said.

Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal and the Hay Point Services Coal Terminal have a capacity of approximately 130 million tonners per annum between them.

However, there is a projected export need of between 250 to 300 million tonnes.

The master plan is to develop the port capacity as well as integrate the Dudgeon point site into these ports to provide additional coal terminals to meet this growing need.

McIntyre said the plan will be released in the latter half of 2011 and will detail the proposed location and size of coal stockpiles, wharves, roads, rail and other site infrastructure.

The plan will also include buffer zones – areas to be allocated for conservation and to help buffer the nearby communities from port activities.

North Queensland Bulk Ports began the study into the feasibility of the Dudgeon Point terminal back in July 2010.

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