Adani Carmichael project likely to commence operations by Aug

PTI Canberra | Updated on January 19, 2018 Published on February 14, 2016


The group plans to build one of the world’s largest coal mines in Australia along with a railway line and a port to ship coal to India.

Adani Group’s much-awaited USD 16.5 billion Carmichael project will start operations this year as the firm expects clearances for the mining lease to come by August.

The Carmichael coal, railway and port project includes building Australia’s largest thermal coal mine in the north Galilee Basin around 160 km northwest of Clermont in Central Queensland, linked by a new 388 km standard gauge rail line to a new terminal at Abbot Point Port near Bowen.

“All the clearances have come through. There are only two issues related to land, etc. We expect this to happen soon.

All decks will be a go in the next 5-6 months. We will then start operations. Both the central and state governments in Australia are very positive about the project,” a top Adani Group executive said on conditions of anonymity.

The group led by Gautam Adani plans to build one of the world’s largest coal mines in Australia along with a railway line and a port to ship coal to India.

Last week Australia’s Resources and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg had said: “All the commonwealth approvals have been granted. There are some state approvals, which are awaiting conclusion. The state government and the federal government as well as the federal opposition, all support the Carmichael project.”

When asked about the status of the project Australia’ Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb told PTI: “The Adani case is an issue of the Queensland (provincial) government and they have just recently approved all the environmental issues and have endorsed what we have done.

“There is now only the mining lease to go. I think there is another action being taken by the environmental groups in the court, but I cannot comment on that. But, I would expect we are not faraway, but this is a matter for the Queensland government. They seem to be enthusiastic.”

Earlier this month, Queensland state’s department of environment and heritage protection (EHP) gave the environmental approval to the controversy-hit Carmichael project of the ports-to-power conglomerate.

When asked about the discussions on Adani’s project, Power and Coal Minister Goyal last week said: “Both sides had dialogue on their commercial projects that are facing issues.” Both governments have decided to work in trying and finding solutions on these issues, he added.

Goyal was leading a delegation to Australia for the India-Australia Energy Dialogue. He was in the capital city meeting Frydenberg and Robb.

Published on February 14, 2016
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