Coal Chain

Coal Chain

The main function of DBCT is to receive, process and store millions of tonnes of metallurgical and thermal coal extracted from mines in the central Bowen Basin. This coal is then loaded onto ships to be exported around the world. DBCT is only one portion of the entire coal supply chain; the other main components being the coal mines, the rail networks and the coal export Terminals.

The coal is extracted from a combination of open cut and underground mines by the mining companies and then processed to a point where it can be stockpiled in preparation for loading onto incoming coal trains. Once the coal is loaded, the train begins the journey east towards DBCT. The coal trains are operated by two operators; Pacific National and QR National Coal, which operate on QR National Network services's electrified railway system. These trains can carry a maximum of 10,000 metric tonnes of coal in 2000 metre trains to the terminal and are in operation 24 hours per day, 7days a week and 365 days per year. When the train reaches the terminal, it will pass through one of three inloading rail receival stations where the coal is dumped out of the open bottom of the train and onto conveyors which then transfer the coal to the DBCT stockyard.

The stockyard holds different types of coal in stockpiles which can then be reclaimed and transferred via kilometres of conveyors to shiploaders 3.8 kilometres offshore. The shiploaders load the coal onto customer vessels which then transfer the coal to various ports all over the world.