Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal owners are advancing plans for a four-stage expansion to lift capacity to almost 100 million tonnes per annum.
Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure Management has lodged paperwork in the Federal environmental approval process for its ‘8x expansion project’.
While timing is subject to market and financial conditions, the first phases are expected to take place in 2024.
It comes after the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal business listed on the stock exchange in December with a market value of more than $1.2 billion.
Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure Management says detailed master planning at the terminal and along relevant supply chains has revealed the need for staged and incremental expansion of the terminal to account for growing trade opportunities from Queensland’s mineral regions.
Its proposal, subject to a referral under the Environment Protection and
Biodiversity Conservation Act, involves an incremental expansion
project that will increase nameplate capacity from 85Mtpa to 99.1Mtpa.
The company noted that the terminal already holds an Environment Authority from the Queensland Government for throughput up to and including 89Mtpa.
Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure Management currently leases the terminal site, 38km south of Mackay, from the State of Queensland.
It predominantly ships metallurgical coal – which accounts for about 80 per cent of the terminal throughput.
The proposed expansion would include installation of new Shiploader 4, stockyard upgrades, addition of an inner rail loop, rail receival dump station and in-loading conveyor, and an upgrade to outloading conveyors. There are also plans for a new stacker (ST5) and a new reclaimer.