Key facts & history
Transvaal Coal Owners Association awarded contract with Japanese steel mills for 27 Mt of coal over 10 years
1976, 01 April
Port of Richards Bay officially opened. Richards Bay Coal Terminal started exports with Phase 1 at a capacity of 12 million tons per annum (Mt/a)
Phase II Expansion completed - RBCT expanded its exporting capacity from 12 Mt/a to 24 Mt/a
Phase III Expansion completed - RBCT expanded its exporting capacity to 44 Mt/a
Phase III Upgrade export capacity increased to 53 Mt/a
Capacity enhancements exercise increased exporting capacity to 63 Mt/a
Brownfields expansion increased exporting capacity to 72 Mt/a
RBCT exported its one billionth ton of coal
Phase V Expansion commences to increase terminal capacity to 91 million tons per annum.
As of 1st January 2008, official design capacity of the terminal increased to 76 million tons per annum.
As of 1st May 2010, design capacity of the terminal increased to 91 million tons per annum.