Monthly actual throughput

2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16
July 1,082,351  1,061,932 1,914,825 2,549,533  2,137,081
August 1,374,398  1,434,153 2,071,065 2,689,449  2,325,753
September 1,295,225  1,173,161 1,542,640 2,388,651
October 1,369,123  1,128,813 2,012,186 2,594,124
November 1,150,840  1,361,358 1,991,152 2,447,860
December 1,045,067  1,737,743 2,032,412 2,546,134
January 1,161,504  1,879,052 1,487,780 2,031,489
February 865,328  1,237,236 2,019,920 2,091,416
March 970,632  1,377,904 1,439,730 2,676,541
April 1,183,926  1,795,160 1,808,698 2,425,631
May 1,186,281  1,881,360 2,166,790 1,908,950
June  917,462  1,676,749 2,408,353 2,380,601
13,602,137  17,744,621 22,895,551 28,730,365

Annual throughput

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Terminal 0 (T0) Development Site – Adani Terminal 3 (T3) Development Site – GVK Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project
Terminal 0 (T0) Development Site – Adani

Terminal 0 (T0) Development Site – Adani

Since obtaining a 99-year lease of the X50 Abbot Point Coal Terminal, Adani identified the need to increase terminal capacity. NQBP has been working with Adani to assist in the facilitation of their T0 development.

Adani obtained the EPBC approval for the T0 Terminal which provides for an ultimate capacity expansion of 70mtpa.   The T0 terminal will support the development of their Carmichael Coal mine.  Adani also has an ILUI in place with the Juru people to support the development of terminal whilst managing cultural heritage requirements.

The T0 project includes the ultimate development of two inloading and outloading streams comprising of dumpstations, conveyors, stockpiles areas, stacker reclaimers, jetty, wharves, shiploaders and dredging of berth pockets.  The initial stage has a capacity in the order of 35mtpa and consists of developing one inloading and outloading steam along with the required base infrastructure. This figure details the approximate layout of the T0 Terminal. (Source:AdaniAustralia.com)

The Department of State Development (DSD) are presently completing the Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project which will cover the dredging approvals for the T0 Terminal.  Approximately up to 1.1 million cubic metres is required to be dredged to allow for Capesize vessels to service the terminal.  Further details on the Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project are provided under this section.

Adani are presently working to finalise all approvals in relation to their Port, Rail and Mine projects.  Further information can be obtained at www.adaniaustralia.com.au/projects.html

Terminal 3 (T3) Development Site – GVK

Terminal 3 (T3) Development Site – GVK

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 at its ultimate capacity with an initial stage likely to be 30 Mtpa. Hancock Coal has on-sold the majority of the project to Indian entity, GVK-Hancock. [/column]

GVK-Hancock has approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) for the T3 terminal development with a total approved capacity of 60 Mtpa. Similar to the T0 development, the T3 terminal includes two inloading and two ouloading streams comprising dump stations, conveyors, stockpiles areas, stacker reclaimers, jetty, wharves, shiploaders and dredging of berth pockets.  This figure (courtesy of GVK-Hancock) details the proposed layout for the ultimate T3 development.  A new approval for the dredging associated with the T3 berths and aprons is still required to be progressed.

Further information can be obtained from GVK-Hancock.


Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project

Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project

NQBP is working closely with the State Government (Department of State Development (DSD)) who is currently progressing the approvals for the dredging associated with the Adani T0 project.  The project involves dredging approximately 1.1 million cubic metres of uncontaminated seabed material and pumping the clean dredge material into onshore containment ponds, before returning the sea water back offshore.  On 17 April 2015, the Queensland Government lodged an application with the Commonwealth Department of Environment to begin the approval process for the Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project.  This figure (courtesy of DSD) shows the location of the dredging and the onshore containment ponds.

The Commonwealth Government has considered this application under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and determined that a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required for the project.  As part of this process, the draft Environmental Statement is available online, and the State Government is now inviting public comment on this information.  Visit the Department of State Development’s website to comment on the EIS.  Following finalisation of the approval stage by DSD (EPBC and State approvals) and confirmation of the Adani T0 project proceeding, including their funding of the dredging works, NQBP will progress with the construction of containment ponds followed by dredging.  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.