Leading coal export facility

Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group has incorporated a variety of innovative technologies to ensure maximum efficiency in its operations.

An overview of our process

Since commencing operations in 2010, Newcastle Coal has established itself as a leading coal export facility, connecting open cut and underground mines in the Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Gunnedah, Gloucester and Western Coalfields of New South Wales with the world.

Our customers are leading coal producers and include Banpu Public Company Limited, BHP Billiton Group, Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd, Peabody Energy Corporation, Rio Tinto Group, Whitehaven Coal Limited and Yanzhou Coal Mining Co. Ltd.

Coal from our customers is transported by rail through the Hunter Valley Coal Chain to our facility in the Port of Newcastle.

Four stacker reclaimers stockpile and move coal to berthed ships
Four stacker reclaimers stockpile and move coal to berthed ships

Trains enter the Newcastle Coal site from the Kooragang Island main rail line, traveling the rail arrival sidings to empty their coal wagons into one of the two train unloading stations. Empty trains continue around the Newcastle Coal rail loops in a clockwise direction and then re-join the Kooragang Island main rail line.

The two train unloading stations are housed within a single multi-level structure (approximately 13 metres high) and each receive 9,000 tonnes per hour. Coal is then transported a short distance via conveyors from the unloading stations to the stacker reclaimers at the stockyards.  

An important part of the facility is the ability to sample coal prior to being deposited on stockpiles. This allows the measurement and recording of coal grade and quality including the moisture, chemical makeup and ash content. 

Using a sophisticated system, coal trains are emptied prior to the coal being stockpiled
Using a sophisticated system, coal trains are emptied prior to the coal being stockpiled

Coal is stored in stockpiles at the stockyard until it is ready to be shipped. Coal is reclaimed from stockpiles through the rotating bucket wheel on the stacker reclaimer.  The coal is transported via conveyors to two 2,000 tonne capacity buffer bins.

Outbound coal also passes through one of two sampling stations prior to being loaded onto the vessel. One of two shiploaders receives the coal from the feeder bins and transfers it to a ship waiting at the berth. 

If you are interested in finding out more about Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group's facilities or operations, please contact the Helpline on 1800 016 304 or visit our contact page to get in touch.

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