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    Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Plans Progressing to Further Develop Hay Point

    Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Thursday, March 10, 2011

    Plans Progressing to Further Develop Hay Point

    The North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation today announced that it has engaged consultants Aurecon Hatch to prepare a Port Development Master Plan to further expand the Port of Hay Point, Ports Minister Craig Wallace said today.

    Mr Wallace said the preparation for studies began last year after the North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation endorsed DBCT Management and the Adani Group as the preferred proponents for the development of the proposed new coal export infrastructure at Dudgeon Point, located at the Port of Hay Point.

    “The Port of Hay Point, situated about 40 kilometres south of Mackay, is already one of the largest coal export ports in the world,” he said.

    “The international demand for Queensland coal is significant and is forecast to continue to increase. To meet the demand we must ensure the infrastructure is in place.”

    Mr Wallace said since 2000 North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation has held about 1400 hectares of land for development at Dudgeon Point.

    “As the port authority for Hay Point, the North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation is responsible for the sustainable planning of port facilities to meet the demand for our coal and industry needs,” he said.

    “Based on initial requests from industry, it is likely that the Port of Hay Point will need to at least double in export capacity within the next five to 10 years.

    “North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation has commenced preparation of a Development Master Plan that will guide any new port development to sustainably meet this export demand.”

    The Port of Hay Point currently has two coal terminals – Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal and the Hay Point Services Coal Terminal. The current combined design capacity of the two terminals is around 130 million tonnes per annum. Based on current requests from industry, the port will need to be expanded to a capacity of 250 to 300 million tonnes per annum, with two or three new terminals required to be built to support industry requirements.

    North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation is working on the expansion studies with the two preferred development proponents for the port expansion - DBCT Management and the Adani Group. DBCT Management is the lessee of the existing Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal. The Adani Group is an Indian conglomerate that is developing the Carmichael Coal Mine in the Galilee Basin.

    Mr Wallace said the Port Development Master Plan would be developed over coming months, with the plan targeted for release to the public in the second half of 2011. The plan will detail the proposed location and size of coal stockpiles, wharves, roads, rail and other site infrastructure required to support the project. The plan will include the allocation of areas for conservation and areas to be used as a general buffer between the port activities and adjacent communities.

    The North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation has awarded the contract for the site and project environmental investigations to consultants WorleyParsons and they will be independently preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed port expansion. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement is expected to be released for agency and community comment in the second quarter of 2012.

    The commencement of studies for the proposed expansion of the Port of Hay Point is a major milestone for the project. The port export facilities are needed to support planned mining expansions in the Mackay region. It is expected that the construction of new export facilities will create thousands of construction jobs, with continuing flow-on employment benefits to the region after their construction.

    Mr Wallace said the expansion would cement the port’s position as one of the major players in coal exports in the world.

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