Richards Bay Coal Terminal
|Richards Bay Coal Terminal|
The railyard at Richards Bay, 14 August 2007
|Type of harbor||Coal terminal|
|Land area||260 hectares (640 acres)|
|Annual cargo tonnage||91 million annually|
Positioned at one of the world’s deep sea ports, RBCT is able to handle large ships and subsequent large volumes. As such, it has gained a reputation for operating efficiently and reliably. The 260 hectare site currently boasts a quay 1,6 kilometres long with five berths and four ship loaders. Currently, the terminal has a storage capacity of 6.7 million tons of coal and is serviced by six stacker reclaimers, two stackers and a reclaimer.
In September 2006, RBCT set a new world record by loading and exporting 409,809 tons of coal in a 24 hour period at an annualised rate of 149.17 million tons per annum (Mt/a). Potential throughput is to reach 91 million tons a year by the first half of 2009.
RBCT commenced its Phase V expansion project in September 2006, which will see total handling capacity being increased to 91 Mt/a in 2009. The expansion will also see the terminal's shareholders increase as export capacity is made available to emerging black coal miners in South Africa, thus creating a new generation of coal exporters who will make use of the facility.
- The Chinese port of Qinhuangdao maintains the largest coal exporting terminal in the world, at 209 Million tons compared to Richards Bay with 91 Million tons.
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