System rules elaborate on the network management principles in the access undertaking. They specify the way Aurizon Network will plan, schedule and control the operation of train services on the coal systems, and demonstrate capacity.
Aurizon Network’s 2010 access undertaking required it to seek the QCA’s approval for any system rules that it proposes to make for an individual coal system in the central Queensland coal region.
Northern Bowen Basin System Rules
On 5 August 2013, Aurizon Network submitted draft system rules to us for approval for the northern Bowen Basin (NBB), which includes the Goonyella, Newlands, and Goonyella to Abbot Point (GAP) systems.
The draft NBB system rules superseded the draft Goonyella rules, which were previously submitted to us on 30 June 2011.
On 17 September 2015, we formed the preliminary position that we would refuse to approve Aurizon Network’s draft Northern Bowen Basin system rules, for the reasons set out in our position paper.
We sought submissions on our position paper and provided an extended period for submissions, noting we anticipated this extended consultation period would allow Aurizon Network to resubmit NBB system rules that take into account our position paper and stakeholders’ submissions when UT4 commences.
In response, we received letters from two stakeholders indicating their intention to defer any further work on the Northern Bowen Basin system rules until after the approval of UT4. We also received three submissions on our position paper. All five documents are published below.
Report and papers
|29 April 2016||Submission||Anglo American – Submission on position paper||pdf, 138.73 Kb|
|29 April 2016||Submission||Asciano – Submission on position paper||pdf, 101.26 Kb|
|29 April 2016||Submission||Glencore – Submission on position paper||pdf, 79.43 Kb|
|20 April 2016||Submission||Aurizon Network – deferral letter||pdf, 654.42 Kb|
|19 April 2016||Submission||BMA – deferral letter||pdf, 249.05 Kb|
|18 July 2014||Submission||Aurizon Network – Response to Indec Report||pdf, 359.43 Kb|
|27 June 2014||Consultant report||Indec Consulting – Review of NBB draft system rules||pdf, 1.43 Mb|
|08 September 2014||Submission||Anglo American – Submission on Indec Report||pdf, 187.10 Kb|
|08 January 2014||Submission||Anglo American – Further submission||pdf, 85.95 Kb|
|16 September 2013||Submission||Anglo American||pdf, 106.04 Kb|
|16 September 2013||Submission||Asciano||pdf, 172.13 Kb|
|16 September 2013||Submission||BMA||pdf, 2.25 Mb|
|16 September 2013||Submission||Peabody||pdf, 176.18 Kb|
|16 September 2013||Submission||Vale||pdf, 929.60 Kb|
|07 September 2013||Submission||Glencore||pdf, 1.03 Mb|
|16 August 2013||Submission||Aurizon Network – System Rules Northern Bowen Basin Coal Systems||pdf, 2.62 Mb|
|15 August 2013||Submission||Aurizon Network – Letter re – Northern Bowen Basin||pdf, 523.73 Kb|
Goonyella System Rules
On 30 June 2011, Aurizon Network submitted draft system rules to us for approval for the Goonyella system.
On 28 October 2013, Aurizon Network withdrew its draft Goonyella system rules, as it said that the draft northern Bowen Basin system rules, which it had subsequently submitted to us for approval, superseded the Goonyella rules.
Report and papers
|14 October 2013||Submission||Aurizon Network: Withdrawal of Draft Goonyella System Rules||pdf, 1.37 Mb|
|17 June 2011||Submission||QR Network: Goonyella Coal Chain||pdf, 561.15 Kb|
|17 June 2011||Submission||QR Network: Explanatory Notes||pdf, 1.41 Mb|
|17 June 2011||Submission||QR Network – Letter: Goonyella System Rules||pdf, 422.11 Kb|
|16 September 2011||Submission||Anglo||pdf, 40.47 Kb|
|16 September 2011||Submission||Asciano||pdf, 151.97 Kb|
|16 September 2011||Submission||BMA and BMC||pdf, 339.16 Kb|
|16 September 2011||Submission||Isaac Plains Coal||pdf, 249.70 Kb|
|16 September 2011||Submission||Peabody||pdf, 168.76 Kb|
|16 September 2011||Submission||Vale||pdf, 33.67 Kb|
|15 August 2011||Submission||DBCT Pty Ltd||pdf, 382.13 Kb|
|15 August 2011||Submission||Macarthur Coal||pdf, 361.04 Kb|
|15 August 2011||Submission||Rio Tinto||pdf, 93.28 Kb|
|15 August 2011||Submission||Xstrata||pdf, 40.30 Kb|
Capricornia System Rules
On 27 February 2014, the QCA made a final decision to refuse to approve Aurizon Network’s draft Capricornia system rules, setting out how Aurizon Network should amend the proposal.
Aurizon Network subsequently submitted an amended proposal. While we note the resubmitted Capricornia system rules are not exactly in the form set out in our final decision, we are satisfied they otherwise address the reasons for the refusal to approve in a satisfactory manner.
We consider the resubmitted rules to be consistent with our final decision and we have approved the resubmitted Capricornia system rules.
The Capricornia system rules apply from 21 May 2014 and can be downloaded below.
On 24 April 2013, we made a draft decision to refuse to approve Aurizon Network’s draft Capricornia system rules, that included proposed amendments to the rules.
We received five submissions on the draft decision. Aurizon Network’s submission included a revised set of system rules that Aurizon Network considered would address the issues raised by us. We provided an opportunity for stakeholders to comment on key elements of these revised rules. Four submissions were received on the revised rules.
On 31 August 2011, Aurizon Network submitted draft system rules for us to approval for the Capricornia coal system, which includes the Blackwater and Moura systems in the southern Bowen Basin. The proposed rules included:
- an approach for how, and in what form, long-term capacity-related information would be provided to access holders and other supply chain participants
- a train-planning process that Aurizon Network would use to schedule train orders
- mechanisms to provide train paths at other times when capacity is needed for maintenance and construction activities
- methods to manage requests to amend the train schedule before the day of operation
- approaches to managing emergency issues, and delays and cancellations of train services
- a dispute resolution framework for determining the causes of delays and cancellations of train services.
Report and papers
|03 March 2014||Final report||QCA – Capricornia System Rules Final Decision||pdf, 878.35 Kb|
|03 March 2014||Final report||QCA – Capricornia System Rules Final Decision – Appendix A – Markup||pdf, 1.10 Mb|
|14 October 2013||Submission||Asciano||pdf, 180.15 Kb|
|14 October 2013||Submission||Anglo American||pdf, 87.48 Kb|
|14 October 2013||Submission||CS Energy||pdf, 160.37 Kb|
|14 October 2013||Submission||Glencore||pdf, 165.38 Kb|
|16 September 2013||Other documents||QCA – Letter re – Capricornia system rules changes||pdf, 403.76 Kb|
|16 August 2013||Submission||Anglo American||pdf, 91.72 Kb|
|16 August 2013||Submission||Asciano||pdf, 281.33 Kb|
|16 August 2013||Submission||Aurizon Network – Covering Letter||pdf, 195.91 Kb|
|16 August 2013||Submission||Aurizon Network – Response to Draft Decision||pdf, 372.34 Kb|
|16 August 2013||Submission||Aurizon Network – Revised Capricornia System Rules||pdf, 1.47 Mb|
|16 August 2013||Submission||CS Energy||pdf, 468.05 Kb|
|16 August 2013||Submission||Stanwell||pdf, 940.00 Kb|
|15 April 2013||Draft report||QCA – Draft Decision||pdf, 636.79 Kb|
|15 October 2012||Consultant report||Femol International Pty Ltd – Assessment of QR Network Draft System Rules Capricornia Coal Chain||pdf, 828.28 Kb|
|15 August 2011||Submission||QR Network – Letter re – Capricornia System Rules||pdf, 248.11 Kb|
|15 August 2011||Submission||R QR Network – SystemRules – Capricornia Coal Chain||pdf, 664.55 Kb|