Our ongoing business success is linked to the future demand for the commodities we transport for our customers.
In FY2016, metallurgical coal underpinned 73% of our network revenues and 51% of our (coal related) rail haulage revenues.
Over two-thirds of Australia’s coal exports either use our Network or are carried by our above rail (haulage) business.
Australia accounts for 66% and 23% of the world's seaborne metallurgical and thermal coal supply respectively.
Also referred to as ‘coking coal’, metallurgical coal (used to produce steel) is a fundamental input into the modern built environment — enabling the production of buildings, infrastructure, cars and consumer goods.
Metallurgical coal will still be required for the majority of steel production across the globe in 2030 and demand will almost double in India.
Most steel producing countries rely on metallurgical coal imports due to a lack of reserves.
Australia has the lowest average transportation and port costs compared to other significant metallurgical coal exporting nations.
Thermal coal is used to produce electricity and consequently it supports the provision of affordable and reliable energy for households, business and industry, including lighting, heating, cooling, cooking, refrigeration, communications and industrial processes.
Coal-fired power generation in non-OECD Asian economies is expected to increase 43% in absolute terms to 2030.
Aurizon customers’ coal has the highest energy content and relatively low ash content when compared to most other major sources of thermal coal.