Lamberts Point Terminal

From Global Energy Monitor

The Lamberts Point Terminal in Norfolk, Virginia, United States.

The mine, also known as the Norfolk Southern Coal Port, is the largest facility in North America for transloading coal from trains to ocean ships for export, with annual throughput capacity of 48 million short tons (approximately 43.55 million metric tonnes). The main terminal is Pier 6, which has two shiploaders to load two vessels simultaneously, with combined dumping capacity of up to 8,000 short tons per hour.[1]

The Lamberts Point Terminal is located on Hampton Roads, across the bay from two other major coal export facilities: Pier IX, operated by Kinder Morgan, and Dominion Terminal. Together, these three terminals represent 23% of all coal export capacity in the United States, and in 2019 they handled 35% of all US coal exports.[2]


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Lamberts Point Terminal, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is America's largest coal export facility, servicing approximately one-third to one-half of US coal exports since 2000. It shipped 45.2 million short tons in 2013, although in 2014 its exports slid 19 per cent, to 36.6 million short tons.[3] Coal exports continued to decline, falling to 6.17 million tons (5.6 million metric tonnes) between June 2018 and June 2019, and 5 million tons (4.5 million metric tonnes) between June 2019 and June 2020.[4]

The port is served by the railroads CSX and Norfolk Southern.[5]

Lamberts Point Terminal is legally permitted to release up to 50 short tons of coal dust into the air each year.[6]

In 2011 Norfolk Southern Railway announced that it had shipped a record 150,000 net tonnes of metallurgical coal to China out of Lamberts Point Terminal.[7]

Project Details

  • Operator:
  • Location: Norfolk, Virginia
  • Capacity (Million metric tonnes per annum): 43.55
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Exports



  1. Lamberts Point Coal Terminal, Norfolk, VA, Norfolk Southern, Accessed Sep. 26, 2021
  2. Estimated U.S. Coal Port Capacity (mst) - 2019 Update, US Coal Exports, 2019
  3. Sylvie Cornot-Gandolphe “US Coal Exports: The Long Road to Asian Markets,” Oxford OIES PAPER: CL 2, March 2015, Archived Sep. 9, 2015
  4. Hampton Roads coal exports tick higher in June as global demand picks up, S&P Global, July 27, 2021
  5. "Exports to be biggest coal growth area for US railroads: AAR chief" Platts, March 9, 2011.
  6. "Coal Export FAQ" Siteline Institute, September 2011.
  7. "On its way to China, NS ships record coal load" Bill Archer, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, January 16, 2011.

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