Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) 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.
An application to the DPIE was made in April 2020, requesting the amendment to the existing Planning Approval granted in 2007; to allow the organisation to accommodate increased demand for their unique service if needed in the future.
There will be no new infrastructure required to achieve the increase in throughput, and no changes to NCIG’s already approved environmental limits.
CEO Aaron Johansen said the company is thrilled with the outcome and looks forward to now offering shareholders more flexibility with the transportation and stockpiling of their products.
“This is a great outcome for NCIG, further strengthening our commitment to our stakeholders and the Hunter region. It also demonstrates confidence in the coal industry and the importance the sector has to the regional and State economy, now and into the future.
“Our dedicated stockpiling service allows our customers to make better use of the overall coal chain infrastructure by de-linking their production and rail operations from the vessel loading function. We see the potential for higher demand for this unique service offering in the future,” Mr Johansen said.
NCIG will continue to monitor its environmental performance to ensure the increase in terminal capacity has no negative impacts on residential neighbours.