Moura System Overview
The Moura system is coupled with the Blackwater system to form the Capricornia Coal Chain. It is located in Central Queensland, south west of Gladstone. The system services the industrial and rural communities of the Dawson and Callide Valleys in Central Queensland. The system’s coal is transported to Gladstone Power Stations, Comalco Refinery (Rio Tinto Alcan), Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) and Cement Australia and the RG Tanna and Barney Point coal terminals at the Port of Gladstone.
There are five mines in the Moura system. The proposed Surat Basin Railway, also known as the Southern Missing Link, is expected to be approximately 210 km in length and is expected to connect Queensland Rail's Western system near Wandoan (230 km north-west of Toowoomba) with Aurizon's Moura system near Banana (130 km west of Gladstone).
The Moura system consists of 228 km of track. All trains are hauled by diesel locomotives over single line sections with balloon loops at Boundary Hill, Callide Coalfields, and Dawson Mine. Trains destined for the RG Tanna Coal Terminal or the Gladstone Power Station travel via the Byellee flyover through Callemondah Yard, and into the Blackwater system. Those trains destined for the Comalco Refinery (Rio Tinto Alcan), Barney Point Coal Terminal, and Queensland Alumina Limited (Gladstone) bypass Callemondah to the north and south; enroute to their destinations.