Australia: Developers Scrap Plans for Coal-Export Expansion in Newcastle

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Sydney Morning Herald:The $5 billion-plus Terminal 4 coal export expansion planned for Newcastle has been scrapped after demand for the fossil fuel failed to increase as expected.Port Waratah Coal Services said on Thursday that it would allow a lease for the terminal – known as T4 – to lapse, signalling that the project would not go ahead.Port Waratah’s two terminals, Carrington and Kooragang, last year exported 105 million tonnes of coal out of a combined capacity of 145 million tonnes, the company said in a statement.Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group, operator of the city’s third terminal, shipped about 60 million tonnes, helping make Newcastle one of the largest coal export centres in the world.“With significant growth capacity available in the existing terminals, we do not expect that the conditions to support an investment of the large and long-term nature of Terminal 4 will be in place before the development approval lapses in September 2020,” Hennie du Plooy, chief executive of Port Waratah, said.The company is understood to have sunk many millions of dollars into T4, a project that secured its original lease in 2009. The first stage envisaged a 25 million tonne per year terminal, with plans to expand that in the future to 70 million tonnes.Jeremy Buckingham, Greens energy spokesman, said T4 becoming terminal was “wonderful news.”“Reality is catching up with the great lie that we can continue to export coal in an age of climate change,” Mr Buckingham said.The Greens called on the government “to develop a transition strategy away from coal” and the party would be making this a key election issue, he said.John Mackenzie, a Newcastle City Councillor, also welcomed the T4 decision.“From the outset the economics was against this, the science was against this and the community was against it but because of our broken planning system it was approved anyway,” Mr Mackenzie said.“Communities are sick of being placed in limbo by a planning system which has no red lights and a Government who won’t show leadership by refusing new fossil fuel projects at the outset.”More: Newcastle’s T4 coal port expansion scrapped as demand fails to rise Australia: Developers Scrap Plans for Coal-Export Expansion in Newcastlelast_img read more

Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea: Gunners stars rated and slated

first_imgArsenal picked up their 13th FA Cup after securing a controversial win over London rivals Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.The Gunners took the lead thanks to a dubious Alexis Sanchez strike – despite an offside Aaron Ramsey interfering with play – against a disappointing Blues side led by Antonio Conte.Victor Moses’ dismissal for diving in the penalty area looked to have all but sealed an Arsenal win, but Diego Costa levelled the scores with 15 minutes remaining to shock the Gunners faithful.But Aaron Ramsey’s thumping header moments later ensured Arsene Wenger enjoyed a brief respite from his critics after becoming the competition’s most successful ever manager – collecting seven FA Cups during his reign in north London.But how did we rate their individual performances? Click the right arrow above to find out… Granit Xhaka – 6 – Hugely impressive in recent weeks, but the midfielder struggled to stamp his authority on the game. Allowed Pedro and others to influence the game in the second half after his failed attempts at pressing 14 Mesut Ozil – 8 – Enjoyed one of his best games in an Arsenal shirt despite some wasteful finishing. The playmaker showed a surprising defensive awareness to help his side’s cause and caused the Blues countless problems with his free-flowing movement Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6 – Occupying an unconventional fullback role, the England man’s defensive deficiencies were shown up against the likes of Moses. Eventually replaced by Coquelin for the closing stages SUB – Francis Coquelin – N/A – Came on for the final minutes and occupied a left-wingback role as part of a defensive alteration Per Mertesacker – 8 – A surprise selection given his lack of match fitness. But the experienced German international shackled Costa impressively with his positioning and overall leadership Danny Welbeck – 7 – The pacey forward justified his selection ahead of Giroud against a flat-footed Chelsea defence. Prevented the Blues from holding a high-line due to his obvious threat he provided in behind 14 14 14 14 Aaron Ramsey – 7 – Controversially involved in Arsenal’s opening goal by being in an offside position when Sanchez pounced. Looked to have cost Arsenal victory after failing to force home Welbeck’s header – but made amends with a thumping header late on SUB – Olivier Giroud – 7 – Made an immediate impression after coming off the bench after teeing up Ramsey with a beautiful cross in the closing stages Alexis Sanchez – 8 – Gave the Gunners a controversial lead in what could be his last game for the north Londoners. Became the first Arsenal player to score 30 goals in a season since Robin van Persie in the 2011/12 season 14 David Ospina – 6 – Fortunate to deny Costa on a number of occasions due to poor finishing by the Spanish striker. Guilty of allowing Chelsea back into the contest with a feeble attempt of stopping Costa’s equaliser 14 SUB – Mohamed Elneny – N/A – Came on too late to make an impact 14 14 14 14 14 Hector Bellerin – 6 – The attacking fullback has endured a testing season and should have provided breathing space for the Gunners late on. But a lack of composure from a frantic counter-attack ensured Wenger’s side suffered a nervy ending Rob Holding – 7 – Enjoyed a fascinating battle with Costa for the duration of the showpiece final. Gave as good as he got – and while overpowered at times – the young defender continues to impress for the Gunners Nacho Monreal – 6 – The fullback was largely ineffective going forward as his more creative teammates took over attacking responsibilities. Proved to be an important part of a resilient Gunners defence 14 14last_img read more