Brisbane Coal Terminal

From Global Energy Monitor

Brisbane Coal Terminal --also known as Fisherman Islands Coal Terminal or Queensland Bulk Handling (QBH) Coal Export Terminal-- is an export coal terminal at the Port of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.

The terminal is owned and operated by Queensland Bulk Handling of New Hope Corporation.

Commissioned in 1983, the terminal has an annual processing capacity of 10 million tonnes and a loading capacity of 3000 tonnes per hour. Its port has a draft of 14 meters and can accept vessels up to 140,000 dwt. All coal exported from the terminal is mined in Queensland's West Moreton and Darling Downs coal fields and transported by rail to the port facility.[1]


The terminal is located at the Port of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.

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Project Details

  • Owner: Queensland Bulk Handling (QBH)
  • Location: Port of Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Coal Handling Capacity: 10 Mtpa[2]
  • Status: Operating
  • Start year: 1983
  • Type: Exports
  • Coal source: West Moreton and Surat Basins, Australia


On its website QBH states that the coal exported through the Brisbane Coal Terminal originates from the West Moreton and Darling Downs Coalfields. QBH's parent company New Hope Corporation operates Jeebropilly mine in the West Moreton field near Ipswich and New Acland mine near Oakey on the Darling Downs. Two additional operations in the West Moreton region - New Oakleigh and Chuwar - are currently undergoing rehabilitation.[3]

QBH states that the port has the ability to load 48,000 tonnes per day and that the ship loader and associated wharf provide quick turnaround for vessels up to small capesize. All coal is transported from the mines to the Brisbane port by train, and a typical train carrying 1,900 tonnes of coal can be unloaded and stockpiled in approximately one hour, according to QBH's website."[1] More remarkably, the company claims that the steaming coal it exports "is renowned for its excellent combustion and non-pollutant characteristics."[4]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Queensland Bulk Handling, "About", Queensland Bulk Handling website, accessed January 2015.
  2. Queensland Bulk Handling, "Mapping Australia’s mining ports", Mining Technology, January 23, 2020.
  3. Queensland Bulk Handling, "Coal", Queensland Bulk Handling website, accessed January 2015.
  4. Queensland Bulk Handling, "QBH celebrates milestone", Queensland Bulk Handling media release, April 1, 2013.

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