Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group owns and operates one of Australia's major coal export terminals
Since 2010, Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group has been connecting coal mines of the Hunter Valley, Gunnedah, Gloucester and Western Coalfields of New South Wales with the world.
In September 2004, The NSW Government called for expressions of interest for the use of a vacant 136 hectare site on Kooragang Island. Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group was short-listed as a potential candidate in February 2005 and was named the successful applicant in August 2005. Approval for the new coal export terminal was granted by the NSW Government in April 2007, with finance signed up in January 2008 and construction commencing in February 2008.
Construction of Stage 1 of the terminal was completed in just over 2 years and was officially opened on May 3 2010. Commissioning and ramping output of 30 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) was achieved by the end of 2011.
In August 2010, the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group Board approved the construction of Stage 2AA. This stage of works included a new rail unloading facility, a third stacker reclaimer and stockyards, conveyors and sample stations, and a second shiploader. Work on Stage 2AA was completed in 2012 and increased the export capacity of the terminal to 53mtpa.
In August 2011, the Board completed financial arrangements to allow the third and final stage (Stage 2F) of the terminal to proceed. Stage 2F comprised a third ship berth, a fourth stacker reclaimer, additional conveyors and a rail flyover to the west of the site. Stage 2F was commissioned in early 2013 reaching its maximum capacity of 66 mtpa in 2014.