Coal exports from Australia’s Queensland state hit record high in 2016

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Coal exports from Australia’s Queensland state hit an all-time record high of 221 million mt in 2016, the Queensland Resources Council said Tuesday.

The state exported 20.7 million mt of coal in December which was also the highest monthly volume on record, QRC said.

“The export figures were achieved with strong numbers across all of Queensland’s ports including Gladstone, Abbot Pint, Dalrymple Bay — with Hay Point leading the way with a 10% annual increase in volume to 49 [million mt],” it said.

Last year was the first full year of the Hay Point Coal Terminal operating at a 55 million mt/year nameplate shipment capacity after rising from 44 million mt/year in December 2015 following the opening of a new berth.

Source: Platts

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