Major Outages

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

Kooragang Coal Terminal

20 September 2021

COVID-Safe plans in place for major Kooragang Outage

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

Port Waratah Coal Services will be investing more than $17 million on 12 maintenance and infrastructure projects during the outage.

The combination of structural maintenance, electrical upgrades, environmental improvements and plant improvements will ensure that Kooragang Terminal continues to meet the needs of our customers and deliver an efficient service for the Hunter Valley Coal Chain.

During the “outage”, where normal operations are amended for a period to accommodate the maintenance project work, an additional 300 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 project areas with separate QR codes for sign in and out
  • dedicated facilities and amenities for each project area; and
  • digital technology usage and equipment to reduce interactions.

The projects are scheduled over six weeks, however, most works will be completed in the first four weeks. The outage includes electrical infrastructure upgrades to switchboards, structural maintenance projects and other plant improvements, such as a Shiploader Trimmer Flap replacement and Wharf Services Infrastructure upgrades, all aiming to improve reliability, environmental performance and efficiency of the Kooragang 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.

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