Australian Coal Terminal Operates Happily Beside Residential Area

by Gary Goldstein, Asst. News. Ed.; Civil Engineering-ASCE, New York, N.Y. 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 12, Pg. 34-37

Document Type: Feature article


A coal terminal was built in Port Kembla, Australia at a $7.56 cost per metric ton. The port was built for $121 million, $18 million below estimate. It included such innovations as the world's highest capacity in-motion train unloading system; the first multiple-stacker system providing the world's highest capacity in-motion train unloading system; first ever twin-travelling shiploaders; the largest bucketwheels; and the first dual-spraying system. A custom-made agglomerating agent was used to bind the coal dust to the coal in the stockpile; a special slot storage warehouse was built to accept the different grades of coal for truck dumping; special washdown lanes were built to prevent trucks from carrying and spilling coal dust onto the public roads after dumping their load; and a huge landscaping job was completed to eliminate noise from reaching the town, resort, and beach areas nearby.

Subject Headings: Wastes | Coal | Residential location | Ports and harbors | Dust | Trucks | Metric systems | Innovation | Australia

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