The Port of Abbot Point is Australia’s most northern coal export port and one with remarkable potential for trade growth.
In naturally deep water, the port is located 25 kilometres north of Bowen and incorporates the North Queensland Export Terminal (NQXT) with a current export capacity of 50 million tonnes per annum.
NQXT is in the final stages of reviewing infrastructure requirements to accommodate the Carmichael Rail Network (CRN). The permanent port infrastructure required to link the existing T1 with CRN will include a new coal in-loader and conveyors to link to the existing T1 stockpiles and out-loader streams.
As the port authority, North Queensland Bulk Port’s vision for Abbot Point is that it continues to grow as a key strategic coal port and, over time, leverages benefits from the adjoining State Development Area to become a hub for import, processing, manufacturing and export activities of other industries of regional, state and national significance.
You will find Abbot Point between the existing industrial centres of Townsville to its north, and Mackay to its south.
The Port of Abbot Point is a strategic asset to Queensland due to its proximity to the Abbot Point State Development Area, the resource rich Bowen Basin, Galilee Basin and North West Minerals Province, its remote location from urban development, and access to deep water.
Abbot Point has one operating terminal, North Queensland Export Terminal (NQXT or T1). Coal is supplied to T1 by rail, and services customers in the Newlands and Collinsville area and a number of Bowen Basin mines. Tugs, operated by Bowen Towage Services (a joint venture between Svitzer and Glencore), also service the port.
Pilotage is currently provided by Port of Townsville on behalf of Maritime Safety Queensland.
NQBP own and operate the newly refurbished Marine Offloading Facility (MOF), located just to the south of T1. This infrastructure is a common-user, multi-functional facility and allows for safe and efficient operations, including the delivery of a replacement stacker reclaimer for NQXT.
Earmarked as a port with significant potential to become not only one of Queensland’s, but one of Australia’s most valuable, intergenerational multi-commodity trading ports, the Port of Abbot Point has potential for expansion.
The Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project (APGGP) was transferred to NQBP during the 2015-16 financial year. We welcomed the project, and have committed to getting the balance right – sustainably developing a world-class port and protecting the unique environment that surrounds it.
Local communities in Bowen, Mackay and Townsville will see economic benefits arising from the port’s development.
As a port authority, NQBP is responsible for strategic planning; business and infrastructure development; environmental management; security and safety; efficiency; maintaining navigable port depths for shipping; and issuing licences, leases and permits to other organisations for the use of port land, infrastructure and facilities.
We continue to look at sustainable initiatives in our engagement with the Juru People (the Traditional Owners of Abbot Point). As part of that effort, Juru Enterprises Limited (JEL) and NQBP have developed a capacity building project associated with feral pig and fox management to benefit Green Sea Turtle and the Flatback Turtle hatchlings at Abbot Point.
The project, known as the Yal-R-Ren-Gungu, has showed how NQBP, Traditional Owners and industry can work together successfully to provide environmental benefits and build capacity.