Newcastle Port Corporation’s lodgment of a plan to amend habour shipping channels is another move forward for its new T4 coal loader.
The application stated that the NSW Government “endorsed terms for the construction of a fourth coal terminal at the port, should conditions be met,” according to the Newcastle Herald.
A number of different options for the loader are still being considered.
“In support of the NSW Government’s commitment to further development of export capacity within the port of Newcastle, [the port corporation] has made the decision to amend the location of the swing basin,” the application said.
“These changes are required to facilitate further expansion of coal-loading facilities on Kooragang Island upstream of the swing basin.”
The loader, operated by Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS), is expected to increase output by around 140 million tonnes annually.
It is part of a wider plan to expand PWCS’ Kooragang Island terminal, which has been forecast at around $227.4 million.