Monthly actual throughput

2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15
July 987,324 1,082,351  1,061,932 1,914,825 2,549,533
August 1,884,359 1,374,398  1,434,153 2,071,065 2,689,449
September 1,363,228 1,295,225  1,173,161 1,542,640 2,388,651
October 1,403,360 1,369,123  1,128,813 2,012,186 2,594,124
November 1,397,019 1,150,840  1,361,358 1,991,152 2,447,860
December 1,682,031 1,045,067  1,737,743 2,032,412 2,546,134
January 1,279,064 1,161,504  1,879,052 1,487,780 2,031,489
February 907,125 865,328  1,237,236 2,019,920 2,091,416
March 1,191,718 970,632  1,377,904 1,439,730  2,676,541
April 837,652 1,183,926  1,795,160 1,808,698 2,425,631
May 844,580 1,186,281  1,881,360 2,166,790 1,908,950
June 1,286,483  917,462  1,676,749 2,408,353  2,380,601
15,063,943 13,602,137  17,744,621 22,895,551  28,730,365

Annual throughput

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Terminal 0 (T0) Development Site Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 (T2-3) Development Sites AP-X Project
Terminal 0 (T0) Development Site

Terminal 0 (T0) Development Site

Since obtaining a 99-year lease of the X50 Abbot Point Coal Terminal, Adani identified the need to increase terminal capacity. They are proposing a 70 Mtpa expansion of the existing terminal, along with an additional two offshore berths.

Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 (T2-3) Development Sites

Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 (T2-3) Development Sites

Following a public Expression of Interest Process (EOI) NQBP entered into a Framework Agreement with Hancock Coal for the development of coal terminal facilities at the T3 site at Abbot Point.

Hancock Coal has been the Preferred Developer of T3 since April 2010.  It is planning to export 60 Mtpa through the terminal. Hancock Coal has on-sold the majority of the project to Indian entity, GVK-Hancock. 

GVK-Hancock intends on building a new 500 km rail line from the mine to the port.

Proponents are responsible for securing environmental approvals under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

AP-X Project

AP-X Project

Following a review of expansion demand and alternatives for terminal expansions beyond the currently planned T0-T3 terminals, the Queensland Government undertook a Registration of Interest process for the allocation of further terminal capacity at the Port of Abbot Point, known as the AP-X Project.

In April 2013, mining group Anglo American and NorthHub (an Aurizon and Lend Lease joint venture) were invited to move to Stage Two of the AP-X process. This stage involves proponents developing detailed proposals which include supporting information that demonstrates sufficient demand and capability to complete the works.

The AP-X process reflects the Queensland Government’s preference for encouraging staged terminal expansion and development.

Visit the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning’s website for further information about the first stage of expansion of the AP-X Project, including a concept plan.


NQBP is proud to support its local community in Bowen and surrounding areas. Through the Corporate Communities Program, NQBP has demonstrated its commitment by supporting the following local organisations and events:
Meeting minutes, agendas and notices

Abbot Point Meeting Minutes, Agendas and Notices

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The Abbot Point Cumulative Impact Assessment (CIA) Report has been finalised following a public comment process. The Port of Abbot Point is an existing operating coal port located just north of Bowen in north Queensland. The CIA will help ensure that the Port of Abbot Point is designed and developed in a manner consistent with environmental best practice and considerate of the Outstanding Universal Value of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.NQBP, Adani, BHP Billiton and GVK Hancock Coal came together to produce a consolidated assessment report that will provide comprehensive information to inform individual approval decisions at the port. The report will also provide useful information to help guide future assessments at the port and also the strategic assessments underway across the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The final Cumulative Impact Assessment Report is a very large document and is available by downloading each chapter.  Please note that this link takes you to an external site: https://file.ac/3ELxOyPcCHU/A copy of the Submissions Report can be viewed by following this link to an external site: https://file.ac/jfk7IXQtewk/The baseline technical reports which informed the CIA can be found on the right of this page.

Fishing Framework Process

NQBP is committed to minimising impacts to commercial and recreational fishing stakeholders. Together with terminal proponents, GVK Hancock and Adani, NQBP has voluntarily developed a benchmarked and best practice Fishing Framework which provides a process for understanding, mitigating and offsetting impacts to the commercial and recreational fishing sector.  Learn more about the process to develop the fishing framework.

Abbot Point Cumulative Impact Assessment Baseline Technical Reports

To view copies of the following documents, please follow this link to an external site: https://file.ac/m7fe1lh_s7o//.

  • 3D Dredge Plume Modelling
  • Air Emissions
  • Carbon Footprint and Climate Change Adaptation Assessment
  • Coastal Processes and Hydrodynamics
  • Construction Noise – Terrestrial
    • Construction Noise Appendix A
    • Construction Noise Appendix B
    • Construction Noise Appendix C
    • Construction Noise Appendix D
  • Great Barrier Reef Shipping: Review of Environmental Implications
  • Groundwater Assessment
  • Lighting
  • Marine Water Quality
  • Potential Impacts of Climate Change on the Natural Environment
  • Operational Noise – Terrestrial
  • Potential Impacts of Coal Dust on the Marine Environment
  • Potential Impacts of Port Development of Abbot Point on Fisheries
  • Visual Impact Assessment
  • Wetland Hydrology and Water Quality
  • Underwater Noise Prediction from Port Development
  • Abbot Point Migratory Bird and Waterbird Survey

The Port of Abbot Point has a near 30-year history, growing from a 6.5 Mtpa capacity coal port to what is currently a 50 Mtpa coal export facility. Abbot Point now sits on the verge of an enormous expansion which would see it eclipse its current size, and position itself as a port of global importance.

Below is a brief timeline, highlighting the growth of the Port of Abbot Point.

  • In 1981 the Queensland Government approved the development of deep water facilities for the export of 6.5 Mtpa of steaming and coking coal from the Collinsville and Newlands mines.
  • The Port of Abbot Point came into operation on 25 February 1984.
  • The facility was planned by Mimets Development Pty Ltd (a subsidiary of M.I.M. Holdings Limited) and was owned and administered by Harbours Corporation of Queensland. Operations were controlled by Abbot Point Bulkcoal Pty Ltd.
  • Harbours Corporation of Queensland became Ports Corporation of Queensland in 1994 which became North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation in 2009.