Aurizon Network rail systems

Aurizon Network's access undertaking applies to the five rail systems that comprise the central Queensland coal network:

Moura

The Moura system links the Moura mine to Gladstone. 

Blackwater

The Blackwater system connects Gregory, Rolleston and Minerva to Gladstone, including part of the North Coast Line between Parana and Rocklands. 

Goonyella

The Goonyella system connects Gregory, North Goonyella and Blair Athol mine to the port of Hay Point. 

Newlands

The Newlands system links Newlands to the port of Abbot Point, including the part of the North Coast Line between Durroburra and Kaili.​ 

Goonyella to Abbot Point

The Goonyella to Abbot Point (GAP) system is the railway infrastructure comprising the Northern Missing Link and part of any other system used by a train that uses or connects to the Northern Missing Link, except where the train originates or terminates south of Gregory. 

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Moura System

The Moura system means the rail infrastructure comprising the rail corridor from the port of Gladstone (including domestic coal terminals in the vicinity of Gladstone) to Moura mine and the loading facility for Baralaba mine in the vicinity of Moura mine, and all branch lines directly connecting coal mine loading facilities to that corridor but excluding the corridor to Blackwater (and beyond).

The Moura system is coupled with the Blackwater system to form the Capricornia Coal Chain. It is located in central Queensland, south west of Gladstone. The system’s coal is transported to Gladstone Power Station, Comalco Refinery (Rio Tinto Alcan), Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) and Cement Australia and the RG Tanna and Barney Point coal terminals at the port of Gladstone. 

In future, the system’s coal is also expected to be transported to the proposed Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) at Gladstone. 

Blackwater System

​The Blackwater system means the rail infrastructure comprising the rail corridor from the port of Gladstone (including domestic coal terminals in the vicinity of Gladstone) to Gregory, Minerva and Rolleston mines, and all branch lines directly connecting coal mine loading facilities to those corridors, with the exception of the corridor to Oaky Creek (and beyond) and the corridor to the Moura mine (and beyond).  

The Blackwater system ​is located in central Queensland, and services the Bowen Basin coal region. This system links m​ines to the two export terminals at the port of Gladstone; RG Tanna Coal Terminal, and Barney Point Coal Terminal. The Blackwater system also services a number of domestic users including Stanwell and Gladstone power stations, Cement Australia and the Comalco Refinery (Rio Tinto Alcan).​ 

In future, the system’s coal is also expected to be transported to the proposed Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) at Gladstone.

Goonyella System

​The Goonyella system means the rail infrastructure comprising the rail corridor from the ports of Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay to Hail Creek mine, Blair Athol mine, North Goonyella mine and the junction with the Gregory mine branch line, and all branch lines directly connecting coal mine loading facilities to those corridors, with the exception of the branch line to Gregory mine and the corridor beyond North Goonyella mine to Newlands mine (and beyond).

The Goonyella system is located in central Queensland, and services the Bowen Basin coal region. It carries coal to the Hay Point Coal Terminal and Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (at the port of Hay Point), as well as products to other destinations by way of connections to the North Coast Line at Yukan and the Central Line via Gregory to Burngrove. 

Newlands System

​​The Newlands system means the rail infrastructure comprising the rail corridor from the port of Abbot Point to Newlands mine, and all branch lines directly connecting coal mine loading facilities to that corridor, with the exception of the corridor between the Newlands mine and the North Goonyella mine (and beyond).

The Newlands system is located at the northern end of the Bowen Basin in North Queensland. It incorporates part of the North Coast Line between Durroburra and Kaili, as well as the line to the port at Abbot Point.

The system services mines conveying export coal to Abbot Point Coal Terminal and domestic coal to the Queensland Nickel Refinery and the Bowen Coke Works. ​

GAP System

​​The GAP system means the Northern Missing Link and that part of any other individual coal system which is used by a train service that also uses or connects to any part of the Northern Missing Link, except where that train service originates or terminates south of Gregory. The Northern Missing Link means the rail infrastructure comprising the rail corridor between the North Goonyella mine and the Newlands mine, and all branch lines directly connecting coal mine loading facilities to that corridor.

The GAP system was accepted as a new coal system within the central Queensland coal network by virtue of the QCA’s decision in September 2013 to approve Aurizon Network’s June 2013 GAPE (Goonyella to Abbot Point Expansion) draft amending access undertaking. 

The GAP system provides for the use of the Northern Missing Link to deliver coal to either the port at Abbot Point or the port at Hay Point (the Hay Point Coal Terminal and the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal).