RG Tanna Coal Terminal

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The RG Tanna Coal Terminal is a coal export terminal within the Port of Gladstone in central Queensland, Australia, owned by the Queensland Ports Corporation. With four berths and three ship loaders, the port currently has an annual capacity of 75 million tonnes, making it the world's fourth largest coal export terminal. Future plans for a fifth berth and an additional ship loader offer the potential of increasing the terminal's capacity to 90-100 tons. The RG Tanna terminal forms an essential part of the larger Port of Gladstone complex, which also includes the newly constructed Wiggins Island Coal Terminal (scheduled to open in 2015) and the Barney Point Coal Terminal (to be decommissioned and converted into a general cargo terminal in 2015).[1]

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Project Details

  • Operator: Gladstone Ports Corporation
  • Annual Capacity (Tonnes): 75 million
  • Status: Existing


Originally known as Clinton Coal Facility, the RG Tanna Coal Terminal was approved for construction in 1976-77 when BHP Co Ltd advised it had secured long term contracts for the sale of coking coal to Japanese steel mills. In its first full year of operation in 1980-81, the terminal exported 4.3 million tons of coal. Today the terminal has the capacity to load 6000 tons of coal per hour and process 75 million tons per year.[2] In a port guide, the Ports Corporation states that coal exported from the terminal originates from the Blackwater, Ensham, Moura, Gregory, Kestrel, Jellinbah, Curragh, Yarrabee, Oaky Creek, Cook, Rolleston, Minerva and Baralaba mines, and is transported by rail via either the Moura or Blackwater Line.[3]

Articles and Resources


  1. "Gladstone Ports Corporation 50-Year Strategic Plan", Gladstone Ports Corporation, July 2012, page 7.
  2. "History of GPC" Gladstone Ports Corporation website, accessed January 2015.
  3. "Port of Gladstone Information Handbook", March 2011, pages 13 and 14.

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