Aurizon’s growing grain-haulage business in New South Wales has been bolstered by the acquisition of an export terminal and ship loading facility at the Port of Newcastle. This helps us to support the growth and success of our existing customers and to support entry into new markets and services.
We currently service approximately 30 grain receival and handling facilities on the regional rail network in New South Wales into the Port of Newcastle. We have provided bulk grain haulage from locations in South Australia and Victoria into the large New South Wales domestic grain market. The 1500 kilometre distance from South Australia to the Port of Newcastle demonstrates the geographic scope that is able to be serviced and the operating footprint from which additional services can be offered to our customers.
In 2021, Aurizon acquired ConPorts in Newcastle. It includes an export terminal and ship loading facility for bulk commodities, adjacent to rail infrastructure at the Port of Newcastle.
About 400,000 tonnes of mineral concentrates are currently exported annually through the terminal including copper and zinc concentrate. This acquisition provides us with the opportunity to expand our established business by leveraging our expertise in heavy haul rail and logistics to provide customers additional services and attract new customers to rail.