Adani has awarded Siemens the contract to deliver signaling systems for safe and efficient operations on the rail network for its Carmichael coal mine.
The signaling project is expected to create and preserve up to 50 local jobs in Queensland including project staff, engineers, construction workers and tradesmen.
The technology firm has been targeted by anti-Adani activists and the contract announcement prompted Greens leader Richard Di Natale to write to company executives urging that “Siemens not provide goods and services for this dangerous project.”
But Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan praised Siemens for not caving in to activist ‘bullies’.
Adani Mining said Siemens would deliver the signaling systems equipment from workshops and offices across regional Queensland.
Carmichael project director David Boshoff said highly specialised skills were needed to deliver such technical infrastructure.
“We are pleased to be working with Siemens as the company is known for its exceptional experience in building rail signaling infrastructure around the world,” he said.
“After an extensive competitive process, we are confident that Siemens will provide the signaling systems that will ensure the safety of train drivers and workers who will operate our new rail network in Central Queensland.”
The 200km long Carmichael Rail Network will link Adani’s Carmichael mine in Central Queensland, now under construction, to the existing rail network so coal can be transported 300km to the coast for export.
Mr Boshoff said Adani Mining had awarded more than $500 million in contracts for construction of the Carmichael project to date – many to Queensland businesses.
This announcement follows the award of a $35 million-plus quarry contract to Toowoomba-based company Wagners, a $100 million-plus rail laying contract to Martinus, and a $40 million-plus contract to build rail camps to Decmil.
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