Adani has officially begun construction at its Carmichael coal and rail project in the Galilee Basin following last week’s approval from the Queensland Government.
Water management activity, bridge and road upgrades, fencing and Geotech “are being conducted safely and in line with environmental approvals” the company stated. Queensland’s Department of Environment and Science (DES) approved Adani’s groundwater management plan (GDEMP) for the mine last week.
The recent approvalcommitted Adani to additional monitoring of water sources in the region, including undertaking hydrogeochemical analysis of groundwater and spring samples from within each spring complex.
Upon receiving final environmental approval to begin work at Carmichael Gautam Adani, Adani Group Chairman, commented:“Our remarkable journey of conviction, resilience, and commitment in Australia enters a new phase. I am thankful to the Queensland government and the Australian federal government for believing in the Adani Group's vision of strengthening India's energy security and creating new opportunities for the people of Australia.”
The level of construction activity will steadily increase over the coming weeks. The project will deliver 1,500 direct and 6,750 indirect jobs during ramp up and construction, with Rockhampton and Townsville the primary hubs for employment.
The Whitsunday, Isaac, Central Highlands, Mackay, Charters Towers and Gladstone regions will also benefit from work packages and employment opportunities.
Lucas Dow, CEO Adani Mining,added: “Adani Mining received advice from the Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science that the Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Management Plan (GDEMP) has been finalised and approved. Throughout the past eight years regional Queenslanders have been beside us every step of the way and we thank them for their on-going support. We’re ready to start work on the Carmichael Project and deliver the jobs these regions so badly need.”