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North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation

Port of Abbot Point

The North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) is a government-owned corporation and is the port authority for 4 trading ports in Queensland:

Port of Abbot Point

Situated about 25km north of Bowen, the Port of Abbot Point is Australia's most northerly coal port. The port is a key strategic port and services a number of coal mines in the Bowen Basin. Current export capacity through the Adani Abbot Point Coal Terminal (T1) is nominally 50 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).

Future development at the Port of Abbot Point will focus on the expansion of Adani's terminal (T0 project increasing capacity by up to 35mtpa), as well the development of 2 new terminals and associated offshore facilities by BHP Billiton (T2) and Hancock Coal (T3), providing up to 60mtpa each – a huge increase in Queensland's coal export capacity. 

The Queensland Government is working with industry to determine what additional capacity is needed beyond these developments, and when that capacity will be required. The development of the coal port capacity at Abbot Point will be through a measured, incremental, staged approach in partnership with port users. These developments are subject to state and federal approvals.

Port of Hay Point

Situated about 40km south of Mackay, the Port of Hay Point is 1 of the largest coal export ports in the world. The port comprises 2 separate coal export terminals, the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) and the Hay Point Services Coal Terminal (HPSCT). These terminals are linked to the coal mines of central Queensland through key supply chains. DBCT’s current export capacity is 85mtpa, while HPSCT’s capacity is 44mtpa and is being upgraded to 55mtpa.

Two additional coal terminals are planned to be developed near Dudgeon Point, subject to relevant state and federal approvals, these terminals are expected to increase coal capacity by up to 180mtpa.

Port of Mackay

The Port of Mackay is situated about 5km north of Mackay. The harbour was formed by the construction of rock breakwaters and includes the Mackay Marina. This port is Queensland's fourth busiest multi-commodity port in terms of cargo throughput. It comprises 4 berths catering principally for the export of sugar and sugar products, molasses and grain and the import of petroleum.

Port of Weipa

Located on the north-west coast of Cape York Peninsula, the Port of Weipa is principally involved in the export of bauxite (aluminium ore) from the nearby Rio Tinto Aluminium mine. The port also handles fuel and general cargo. The total throughput for the port in 2010–11 was 22.3 million tonnes, including 22.2 million tonnes of bauxite.

Rio Tinto Aluminium operates the port facilities and has on-shore bauxite handling, processing and stockpiling facilities and conveyors running to Lorim Point Wharf for shiploading.

Last updated
24 August 2017