Australia to build new coal termina

16:12, December 11, 2009      

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The State government of Queensland in Australia has approved a 4-billion-dollar (3.7 billion U.S. dollars) coal terminal.

The Wiggins Island Coal terminal at Gladstone is a cooperation construction project involving and owned by 18 coal companies.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said in a statement on Friday the Wiggins Island Coal terminal at Gladstone would create up to 800 jobs in construction and 300 ongoing jobs.

"This news will be a magnificent Christmas present for the people of Gladstone who have faced the brunt of the global financial crisis in Queensland," Bligh said.

Construction is due to start in mid-2010, with operations commencing in 2013. Once up and running, the terminal will have the capacity to double coal exports out of Gladstone to 150 million tons a year.

Source: Xinhua
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