Aurizon's completed Goonyella to Abbot Point Expansion Project (GAP) is further opening up the Bowen Basin coal reserves to export markets. On behalf of coal customers BMA, Rio Tinto, QCoal, Macarthur Coal and Lake Vermont Resources, this project increased capacity to 50mtpa through to the Port of Abbot Point near Bowen. First railings commenced ahead of schedule in December 2011.
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The GAP Project included the 69-kilometre greenfield Northern Missing Link, which connects the Goonyella coal rail system to the Newlands rail system.
In addition, the project included the expansion and upgrade of track along the Newlands rail system.