Barney Point Coal Terminal

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Barney Point Coal Terminal is a coal export terminal at the Port of Gladstone in Queensland, Australia. The terminal has a capacity of 8 million tonnes a year. [1] The port is scheduled to close down in 2015 in response to the opening of the nearby Wiggins Island Coal Terminal. Wiggins opened in April 2015, after three years of construction.[2]

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Project Details

  • Operator: Gladstone Ports Corporation
  • Annual Capacity (Tonnes): 8 million
  • Status: Closed (2015)


Interest in utilising port land at Barney Point in Queensland was first expressed by Thiess Peabody Mitsui Coal Pty Ltd in the early 1960s for the purpose of exporting Moura coal. Thiess Peabody Mitsui was prepared to construct a private rail line from the Moura to Gladstone and consequently, work began on constructing a wharf in the mid 1960s.

The facility was completed in 1968 and the first shipment of coal (1,600t) departed on August 9, 1967 aboard MV Sangoh Maru. Gladstone Port Authority (GPA; now Gladstone Ports Corporation) purchased the facility, assuming full responsibility of its operations in November 1998.[3]

In April 2010 it was announced that The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) authorized arrangements to transfer specified amounts of coal handling capacity from the Barney Point Coal Terminal to the proposed Wiggins Island Coal Terminal at the Port of Gladstone in Queensland. This was expected to facilitate the closure of Barney Point Coal Terminal, which has raised pollution concerns among residents of the area for a number of years.[4] In July 2014, Queensland government sources confirmed that Barney Point would shut down in conjunction with the opening of the Wiggins Island Coal Terminal in 2015.[5]

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  1. "Port of Gladstone Information Handbook 2011", Queensland Ports Corporation, March 2011, page 34.
  2. >"Wiggins Island coal export terminal open for business," Business Daily, April 26, 2015
  3. "Gladstone Port Corporation" Gladstone Port Corporation History, accessed July 13, 2011.
  4. "ACCC authorises arrangements to close problem coal terminal at Gladstone Port" FindLaw Australia, April 22, 2010.
  5. "Coal transport infrastructure development" Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads website, accessed January 2015.

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