Key port upgrade
Adani upgrades critical Galilee port to better handle major mining equipment
Wednesday 15 February 2017
Adani has spent $8.5 million upgrading the capacity of their Abbot Point Coal Terminal (APCT), which is at the centre of Adani’s yet-to-be-approved plan to build a mega mine in the Galilee Basin.
Renovations of APCT’s 30 year old Marine Offloading Facility (MOF) have been completed, which will allow the transfer of large equipment and materials to the port by barge rather than by road.
As evidenced by the building of Gladstone’s CSG industry, very little mining and port infrastructure is now fabricated in Australia, with companies preferring to exploit cheaper construction costs in Asia, and then ship modules in where they can be assembled locally.
NQBP Senior Project Engineer Anoop Pillai says the new facility will enhance the port's ability to handle heavy equipment for them and their clients.
“It will be a great asset for the Port of Abbot Point, allowing for the cost efficient delivery of large cargoes with the added benefit of keeping them away from the busy Bruce Highway,” he said.
“Projects like these improve efficiency at our ports, providing assets for our customers and supporting the economic development of Queensland and the region."
Most of the work was done by specialist marine contractors, although Mr Pillai says up to 30 local contractors were also used.
Back in 2011 Adani purchased the entire APCT on a 99-year lease from the state government for a staggering $1.829 billion.
The APCT is a critical piece of the infrastructure required to open up the Galilee Basin and in particular, Adani’s proposed Carmichael mine North West of Clermont.
However, it is already a functioning multi-use port facility handling coal from mines in the Northern Bowen Basin like Glencore’s Collinsville and Newlands operations.
Adani says it will commence federally approved maintenance dredging at the port between April and October.