NCIG Coal Export Terminal

From Global Energy Monitor

NCIG coal export terminal is a coal export facility in New South Wales, Australia.

The facility is owned by consortium of coal companies known as the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group and intended to facilitate an expansion of coal exports from Port of Newcastle, the world's largest coal export port.


The terminal is located at the Port of Newcastle near the mouth of the Hunter River in Newcastle, New South Wales. NCIG's terminal is the newest of three coal export terminals at the Port of Newcastle; the other two are Carrington Coal Terminal and Kooragang Coal Terminal, both operated by Port Waratah Coal Services.

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Project Details

  • Owner: BHP Billiton, Peabody Energy, Yancoal, Whitehaven Coal, Banpu (Centennial Coal)
  • Location: Port of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  • Capacity: 66 million tonnes of coal per annum
  • Peak Capacity: 79 million tonnes of coal per annum[1]
  • Status: Operating
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Exports
  • Coal source: Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Gloucester, Gunnedah and Western Coalfields, Australia


The terminal was inaugurated in 2010 and expanded in 2013.[2]

The first phase of the NCIG terminal project, capable of exporting 30 million tons of coal a year, was approved in 2007 and began commercial operations in May 2010.[3] The second phase, completed in June 2013, increased the terminal's installed capacity to 66 million tonnes per annum. NCIG exports thermal, and on occasion, metallurgical coal from the Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Gloucester, Gunnedah and Western Coalfields to destinations around the world.[4]

Proposed expansion

In 2020, NCIG terminal has received approval from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to increase maximum throughput from 66 million tonnes to 79 million tonnes per annum.[5] This capacity increase would be enabled by a number of internally identified initiatives, such as on-site control system and operational process improvements, that improve the efficiency of the operation within the existing terminal boundary, using existing terminal infrastructure and at a low capital cost.[6]

Member companies of Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) are:[7]

Articles and resources


  1. Fitch Revises Outlook on Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group to Positive; Affirms Ratings at 'BBB-', Fitch Ratings, Aug 18, 2022
  2. "Site: Aerial View of NCIG Terminal", Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group website, accessed January 2015.
  3. "About the Project", Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group media release, May 3, 2010.
  4. "Operations", Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group website, accessed January 2015.
  5. "Green Light Granted for Capacity Increase", Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group, September 1, 2020.
  6. "Coal Export Terminal Optimisation", Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group, April 2020.
  7. Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group, "About NCIG", Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group website, accessed March 2018

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