New coal terminal open for business

Newcastle's third coal export terminal today opened, with work beginning on the next stage of the project

May 3, 2010

Newcastle’s third coal export terminal today opened for business, with work now beginning on the next part of the project.

Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group Chairman Tony Galligan officially opened the first stage of the terminal, which has a capacity of up to 30 million tonnes a year.

The project, which cost more than $1 billion, began construction in 2007 dredged the Hunter River for shipping channels and berths.

A rail loop, dump station, stockyards and wharf facilities were also constructed.

"Stage two will double the capability of stage one, adding more than $600-million a year to State revenue through royalties and attract extra investment of more than $1 billion to NSW," Galligan says.

Coal producers formed the infrastructure group in 2004 to address capacity constraints for regional exporters.

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