A third coal export terminal has opened in Newcastle, NSW, Australia, maintaining the city’s position as the No.1 coal port in the world. The new terminal opened three years after owner Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) won the right to construct and operate a third loader in the port. The Stage 1 terminal cost more than US$1 billion and can handle up to 30 million mt/y. Aurecon Hatch completed the pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, detailed design, engineering, procurement and construction management services for Stage 1 of the coal export terminal project. The company has now been retained to provide detail design early works for Stage 2AA, which will expand the terminal’s capacity to 53 million mt/y. Several innovative techniques were used to shorten the Stage 1 construction schedule to 26 months, according Hatch.