The machinery is in motion at Adani’s Carmichael mine site after the Queensland Government this week finalised environmental approvals for the $2 billion coal mine and rail project.
However climate activists have vowed to keep fighting, with Frontline Action on Coal staging a demonstration in Townsville today.
It came after Adani Mining received advice on Thursday from the Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science that the Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Management Plan (GDEMP) for the thermal coal project had been finalised and approved.
Finalisation of the GDEMP and Black-throated Finch Management Plan (approved May 31) has paved the way for construction to commence.
On-site work today was centred on preparatory activities such as bridge reinforcement works.
An Adani spokeswoman said inductions were also being carried out on site, which would continue as the workforce increased.
“We currently have about 60 people within the onsite camp who have been undertaking Stage 1 preliminary works within our current approvals,” she said.
“For months now we have had equipment onsite to deliver Stage 1 works under our existing approvals. This same equipment can also be used to commence Stage 2 construction activities.
“Over the coming days preparatory activities such as finalising contracts, mobilising equipment, recruitment and completing inductions will continue.
“These preparatory actions will enable us to then start construction activities including fencing, bridge and road upgrades, water management and civil earthworks on the mine site. The level of construction activity will then steadily increase over the coming weeks.”
Ramp-up and construction on the Carmichael mine and rail project will take about two years now that all relevant approvals have been received.
The Carmichael Project was redesigned last year to be a 10Mtpa mine and 200km railway, which is expected to see 1500 direct jobs and 6750 indirect jobs created during ramp-up and construction.
Adani has invested more than $3.7 billion in its Australian operations since 2010, including the purchase of Abbot Point Terminal.