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Aurizon and GVK Hancock are seeking to jointly progress the development of rail and port infrastructure to unlock Galilee Basin coal reserves in Queensland to support the next phase of coal growth in the Bowen Basin. Aurizon and GVK Hancock would jointly manage the proposed rail and port projects. These projects would comprise a greenfield rail project and a development right for a coal terminal at Abbot Point.
Aurizon engaged Advisian to develop a discrete event simulation model of the proposed Abbot Point T3 coal terminal. Advisian applied its industry expertise in developing the model to incorporate realistic operational aspects including:
• shipping stem and train scheduling
• stockyard management regime, such as cargo assembly or allocated stockpiles
• breakdowns, weather and environmental impacts
The model, developed over a period of only six weeks, included a real-time 3D animation of the port’s facilities to communicate the terminal operation under different scenarios to Aurizon’s Board of Directors. Advisian extended the terminal model to incorporate the rail network from train load-out at the mines to unloading at the port, including maintenance and provisioning of the rolling stock.
The extended model enabled the determination of the capacity of the system to identify the best allocation of capital expenditure (to rail infrastructure, rolling stock or port infrastructure) to maximise system throughput rather than terminal throughput.
Advisian worked closely with Aurizon throughout the assignment to ensure timely delivery of a sophisticated model which contained the desired functionality and visual appeal. Aurizon’s management has successfully used the model to: