Abbot Point is the most northerly deepwater coal port in Australia, and is situated 25 kilometres north of Bowen, Queensland. Its value as a bulk port facility lies in the fact there are very few locations along Queensland’s eastern seaboard where deep water (>15m) is close inshore. The port is planned to be expanded to provide export facilities for coal mined from the Galilee Basin in central Queensland (and involves the addition of a second wharf and shiploader, and onshore facilities). Once completed, it will be the largest coal port in the world. In December 2013, the Federal Government approved the expansion sparking outrage from conservationists given the facilities close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and the need to dredge millions of cubic metres of spoil for the coal port to be constructed.