The rail system that transports coal from Blackwater to Gladstone port may not be at full capacity again until March.
Flood damage to the spur line for Xstrata’s Rolleston open cut coal mine is much worse than previously thought.
According to the Australian, parts of the 110 kilometre track have been washed away.
Operators of the Rolleston link, QR National, say that it is being assessed by a joint QR/Xstrata team and that an opening date could not be confirmed.
The Blackwater rail system, which is slated to open today, will be working at a reduced capacity of 100 000 tonnes per day, approximately 50% of its full tonnage.
The reopening of the Blackwater line means that all of QR’s rail networks are open.
Around two million tonnes of coal is expected to be loaded at the Gladstone port this month.
Ten ships were anchored off the port yesterday.