Adani’s Australian coal mega-mine clears ‘final’ approval

Adani’s Australian coal mega-mine clears ‘final’ approval

The Adani Group’s US$16 billion Carmichael coal and infrastructure project has cleared the final major barrier with the Queensland Government approving a rail line and construction camp.

The Queensland Ministry of Mines said it is the ‘final major State and Federal Government approval’ for the proposed mine, which will become Australia’s largest mineral project.

The crucial rail line approved this week will form part of the 389km heavy haul railway line to transport product from the mine in the Galilee Basin to the coal export port at Abbot Point.

Quuensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk commended the Adani Group on the amount of jobs creation in the local area.

Adani’s decision to base its operational headquarters for the project in Townsville is ‘a huge shot in the arm’ for regional Queensland, Palaszczuk said.

Construction is expected to being on the mega-project in the middle of next year.

The 45km open cut and underground coal mine in the Galilee Basin, including six open-cut pits and five underground mines, will be one of the biggest in the world and operate for up to 90 years.