North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) in Australia has selected BHP Billiton and Hancock Coal to build two coal terminals at the Port of Abbot Point.

The terminals, to be built next to the existing Abbot Point Coal Terminal, will enable the port to export an estimated 110 million tons of coal every year, NQBP said.

The single-user terminals will have the capacity to annually export 30 Mtpa each, the authority said.

The construction companies are also ready to optimise the area to increase capacity from 30 Mtpa to 50 Mtpa for BHP Billiton and from 30 Mtpa to 60 Mtpa for Hancock Coal.

The Abbot Point Coal Terminal is under capacity expansion to 50 Mtpa.

The proposed BHP coal terminal will be fed by Queensland Rail’s Newlands coal rail system while the Hancock Coal proposal includes a rail line from the Galilee Coal Basin.