Adani says it has hit key benchmarks in development of the Carmichael mine and rail project by employing more than 1500 people and awarding more than $1.5 billion in contracts.
Construction of the controversial thermal coal project has been underway since approvals were obtained in June last year and the project is on track to produce coal in 2021.
Adani Mining chief executive officer David Boshoff said the COVID-19 recession meant Adani’s investment was needed more than ever.
“The Stop Adani movement said our project would never go ahead and would never create a single job. We have proved our opponents wrong,” he said.
“Mining has cushioned the Queensland and Western Australian economies from the worst of the devastating economic impact of the COVID-19 lockdowns and we are proud to be a part of that.
“As we work with smaller, private, and Queensland-based contractors and suppliers we have been able to keep working through the COVID-19 pandemic with appropriate measures in place.
“More than 88 per cent of our contracts are being delivered in Queensland and have been spread across all corners of the state to give as many regions as possible the opportunity to benefit from our project, while also enabling us to tap into the highly-skilled construction and resources industry workforce that Queensland possesses.”
The project’s rail camp operations are based in Collinsville; earthworks and civil works contractors are from Townsville and Rockhampton; fuel supply from Townsville; telecommunications from Mackay; rail track laying and rail camp construction from Rockhampton, and quarry contracts out of Toowoomba.
Mr Boshoff said construction activity onsite had included starting work to remove overburden in the mine open cut , land clearing and surveying, fencing works, civil earthworks, building roads, pads, site office establishment, dam construction, airfield expansion, rail laying and more.
“Our mine and rail camps are nearing capacity, and altogether we have more than 1,500 people working on the project at site, and at our Brisbane, Townsville and Rockhampton offices,” he said.
“And this is just the construction phase. The permanent roles will come with the operation of the mine and rail, bringing prosperity to the people and economies of regional Queensland for decades to come.
“We are looking forward to the day next year when we can celebrate our success with our Queensland partners and employees, while watching the first shipment of coal being exported. Until then, it remains full speed ahead on construction.”