The third expansion of the Hay Point Coal Terminal dramatically increased throughput capacity at one of the world's largest coal export facilities. Built by Bechtel for the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), this challenging commission entailed constructing a new berth at the terminal, offshore and onshore construction, and land reclamation, as well as building and fitting out new trestles, conveyers, and ship loaders.
Hay Point ships coal mined from Queensland’s Bowen Basin, which contains one of the world’s largest reserves of metallurgical coal. Bowen Basin coal is used mainly as a fuel for steel production and as a reducing agent in blast furnaces.
The project increased annual throughput capacity from 44 million metric tons to some 55 million metric tons, thus helping BMA keep pace with increased mining production in the region and intensified international demand.