New data released today reveals that coal exports from Queensland in 2016 totalled 221 million t, eclipsing last year’s record by 1 million t and LNG exports more than tripled to 17.5 million t. This has been an enormous boost to the Queensland economy, providing vital export income, royalties and jobs for Queenslanders.
The export figures were achieved with strong numbers across all of Queensland’s ports including Gladstone, Abbot Point, Dalrymple Bay – with Hay Point leading the way with a 10% annual increase in volumes to 49 million t. December’s coal exports reached 20.7 million t which is highest month on record.
Green activists continue to claim the world is turning away from coal and fossil fuels. In fact, the opposite is the case with Queensland coal and LNG exported to more than 27 countries in Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East.
In addition to a major global LNG supplier, Queensland is in a prime position with its high-quality steam and metallurgical coal to continue to be one of the main players in global coal exports and the sector contributed more than a AUS$1 billion windfall to the state’s coffers this financial year.
As current economic data shows, Queensland’s coal industry delivered AUS$32.7 billion economic contribution in 2015/16 and supported more than 183 000 employees across the state. On top of this, the gas industry contributed AUS$12.8 billion and over 65 000 employees.