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Located 25 kilometres from Bowen in Northern Queensland, Abbot Point is a 50 million tonne per year coal export port on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
Owned by Indian conglomerate Adani, Abbot Point is set to become one of the world’s biggest coal ports if plans to open up the Galilee Basin to coal mining are realised.
Plans by Adani to expand the existing terminal would increase capacity by another 70 million tonnes.
The expansion would enable Adani to ship coal from its proposed Carmichael mega coal mine in the Galilee. If built, Carmichael would be the largest coal mine in Australia. As if the massive increase in coal ship traffic through the Great Barrier Reef wasn’t dangerous enough, the coal would eventually be burned, driving climate change, the single biggest threat to the future of our struggling Reef.
In September 2018 Adani announced a new rail plan to ‘fast-track project delivery’ and halve the cost of building the rail line from the Galilee to Abbot Point. This is a major and worrying step forward.