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Doubling the capacity of the port.

Abbot Point Coal Terminal X50 Expansion

A $287 million expansion of facilities boosted capacity at Australia’s northernmost port towards 50 million tonnes per annum.

This project increased the North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation's annual export capacity to 50 megatonnes and serves local coal exporters such as Newlands, Collinsville and Sonoma mines in their export commitments.

The scope incorporated structural, mechanical and electrical engineering works. Our team was responsible for all supply, fabrication, offsite assembly, transport, installation and commissioning in order to deliver a 500- metre-long operational berth, east of the existing Berth 1.

The project saw the installation of over 9,500 tonnes of structural steel and the driving of more than 205 piles. Additional works included the shipping of a gallery conveyor and associated drive tower, and a second 2.9km jetty conveyor. This included all associated structural, mechanical and electrical works; on-jetty modifications; and installation of the conveyor within the existing transfer tower.

  • Customer
    North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation
  • Location
    Abbot Point, Queensland
  • Specialisation
    Ports & marine
  • Start
    May 2006
  • End
    July 2010
Our team employed 28 per cent local workforce and further supported the local community through the training and up-skilling of local residents.
“At all times during the development and execution of the ultimate solution, John Holland and its employees presented a collaborative, technically advanced approach, which considered not only the safety, environmental, quality, program and commercial risks to themselves, but to the entire project team as well. It was particularly impressive how this planning resulted in the lifts being completed to program without incident,” a quote from our customer.
The project was a finalist in the 2011 Australian Construction Achievement Award (ACAA) and won the CICA Lift of the Year Award


John Holland pays respect to the Traditional Owners and Custodiams of the land on which we work and live, and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples today.