Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal

DBCT is one of two coal export terminals at the Port of Hay Point, located 30 km from the Queensland coastal town of Mackay.

The Port of Hay Point is one of the world’s largest coal export ports, handling coal from over 30 mines in the Bowen Basin, Central Queensland—the source of more than 80% of Queensland’s coal production.

Ongoing expansions to keep up with global demand for resource and energy commodities brought the capacity of DBCT to 85 mtpa in 2010. This makes the DBCT one of the largest coal loading terminals in the world.

An interim study investigated further expansion to raise capacity to 153 mtpa, but the rest of the study was discontinued.

DBCT is owned by the Queensland Government and leased to Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure Management through a 50 year lease to operate, maintain and develop the terminal (with an option for a further 49 years).

The ports authority for Hay Point Port is the North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation Ltd, which also manages the ports at Abbot Point, Weipa, Mackay and Maryborough.

Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure’s website

2019 draft access undertaking

2017 access undertaking

2010 access undertaking

2006 access undertaking

We determine the fair and reasonable terms and conditions of access to the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT). Our role is to:

  • assess and approve access undertakings
  • assess and approve amendments
  • arbitrate access disputes
  • enforce breaches of access obligations
  • investigate and monitor prices for ports declared for monopoly prices oversight
  • assess competitive neutrality.

DBCT has been ‘declared’ a monopoly business activity with market power.

This implies that competition would be enhanced if access is allowed to third parties.

Under the third party access regime in the QCA Act  (part 5) we may assess and approve rules for access to DBCT. These access undertakings remain in force for a set number of years.

Reasonable amendments may be made to the undertaking and submitted to us through a draft amending process.

The access undertaking which sets out the terms and conditions under which Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure Management provides access to the terminal, came into effect on 1 July 2021.

On 22 February 2024, we approved an extension DAAU which extends the terminating date of the access undertaking to 1 July 2031.

You can read more about the approved access undertaking process under Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure Management’s 2021 access undertaking.