Terminal Description

The Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) will provide additional export capacity at the Port of Gladstone to service new mines and expansion of existing mines in the Surat and southern Bowen Basins.

WICET is a green field coal terminal on Golding Point which is located west of the existing RG Tanna Coal Terminal (RGTCT).  The offshore wharf and loading facilities are situated north of Wiggins Island, adjacent to the Targinie Channel.  The rail unloading facilities are located immediately south of the North Coast Line (NCL) and are connected to the Golding Point stockyard via a 5.6km long overland conveyor.

The following provides a quick reference of key design and operational specifications of Stage 1 of the Terminal.

Table 1      High level description

Rail and Train Unloader


Port and Shiploader

  • Trains Consists – Max 2,500 metres
  • Discharge Rate – 9,200 m3/hr or 6,900 tph (at 750 kg/m3) to 8,250 tph (at 900 kg/m3)
  • Feeder belts – 3,200 mm wide
  • Overland conveyor – 5.6km, belt width 1,800mm, belt speed 6.9m/s
  • 12 notional stockpiles in two rows
  • Stock piles - up to 18m high
  • Total on ground storage capacity – 1.85 Mt based on the eight shippers requirements
  • Stockyard footprint average 920m long x 240m wide
  • One overhead gantry stacker
  • Reclaim conveyors - 6,900 tph with a 2,000 mm belt running at 5.9 m/s.
  • Dozer – four to five dozers to undertake multi-source blending at a variety of blends and rates
  • 2 x reclaim conveyors – 6,900 tph reclaim rate 
  • Loading rate - 8,250 tph after the 1200 tonne surge bin
  • Outloading blending with components down to 10%
  • The wharf is located approximately 2 km offshore
  • Shiploader - 8,500 tph to cater for 8,250 tph loading rate plus a surge capacity
  • Vessels - shiploader suitable for loading gearless handimax size vessels (40,000 dwt) to cape class vessels (up to 220,000 dwt)