Newcastle Coal provides critical infrastructure for the supply of high quality coal into Asia
Asia’s power usage continues to grow to meet the demand for essential utility in communities across the region. The growth in power consumption relates not only to an increasing population but also the expansion of the electricity network into poorer areas to provide basic functions and improve quality of life.
A continued increase in regional electricity demand is expected to drive a gradual increase in seaborne thermal coal demand over the long term.
Considerable advancements in the design of coal fired power stations have occurred in recent years. The development of high efficiency low emissions technology will ensure that energy demands continue to be met by coal fired power stations with significantly lower emissions produced than older plants. This technology continues to advance and primarily focusses on increased operating temperatures to reduce emissions and improved efficiency from lower coal consumption.
High technology plants of this type have already been commissioned in Japan, Germany and the United States and many more are planned. The development of new coal fired power stations is centred in Asia with Supercritical and Ultra-Supercritical in ascendance.
An essential element of achieving emissions and efficiency benchmarks for this advancing technology is the utilisation of a high-quality coal. A product with a high-energy value and low impurities is required.
The Hunter Valley is ideally suited to meet this demand. Coal from the Hunter Valley and Gunnedah basins is typically high quality and low ash and is sought out for its characteristics of high energy and low impurities. All exports from these basins occur through the Port of Newcastle.
For countries within Asia to meet future power demands from a cheap, reliable and stable electricity network, and achieve their global emissions reduction commitments, high quality coal from Newcastle used in conjunction with advanced technology power stations will play a critical role for years to come.
The Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group operates a coal export terminal within the Port of Newcastle, providing 66 million tonnes per annum of export capacity. This advanced and innovative plant was developed to ensure that Hunter Valley coal is shipped to meet the demands of a growing Asian market.
Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group will continue to play an essential part of the Hunter Valley Coal Chain through the provision of critical exporting infrastructure.