Major Outages

Port Waratah invests in major outages to improve reliability and efficiency outcomes.

Carrington Coal Terminal

25 May 2022

Continued investment in Carrington Terminal

Port Waratah Coal Services will be investing more than $6.5 million on eight maintenance and infrastructure projects during the outage.

The safety of our people, contractors and community has been the highest priority in the planning for the scheduled Carrington Coal Terminal major outage underway.

The combination of structural and plant maintenance, noise management improvements and removal of redundant structures will ensure that Carrington Terminal continues to modernise and improve operations to meet the needs of our customers and expectations of our stakeholders.

The four conveyor drive upgrades scheduled in this outage are part of the low-noise Carrington conveyor drive upgrade strategy. The strategy is focused on reducing noise-related impacts on our neighbouring communities through upgrades to more than 30 primary and secondary drives in our stockyard and stacker boom conveyors. Since commencement in 2017, we have invested more than $6 million to upgrade 22 drives.

During the “outage”, where normal operations are amended for a period to accommodate the maintenance project work, an additional 200 workers will be required on site. Port Waratah is committed to promoting employment and stimulating our local economy by purchasing and hiring from local businesses.

We have a number of additional comprehensive COVID-safe controls in place for our teams during the outage, including:
• dedicated facilities and amenities for each project area; and
• digital technology usage and equipment to reduce interactions.

The projects are scheduled over four weeks however, most works will be completed in the first two weeks. Further to the noise management improvements, the outage includes structural maintenance projects such as tunnel and gantry repairs, removal of redundant structures and repairs to plant aiming to improve reliability, environmental performance and efficiency of the Carrington Terminal.

With more than a year in the planning, every effort has been undertaken to minimise any community impacts during the outage. We are an active and supportive member of our community and we care about neighbours’ experiences with our operations. If you would like any further information about the outage or to talk about a concern, please contact our 24-hour enquiry line on (02) 4907 2280.

Community Enquiries

Are you concerned about air quality, noise or water management? We care about your concern and will respond within 24hrs.