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MAR 20 2017

Queensland supports Adani coal mine project: Premier

  • Economic Times, ET Bureau / Hyderabad
  • Created: Mon 20th MAR 2017

A high-level Australian delegation led by Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland, Australia, visited Mundra Port in Kutch and reaffirmed the Queensland government's commitment to Adani's Carmichael Coal Mine Project, a statement issued by the company said here.

Last year, the Queensland state's department of environment and heritage protection (EHP) issued a final environmental authority (EA) for Adani's Carmichael Mine project in the Galilee Basin. The EA application was vigorously assessed by the department and acted on recommendations made by the land court, the statement added.

Adani Group is developing Australia's largest coal mine project with an investment of $16.5 billion. The delegation will also visit Kamuthi in Tamil Nadu to see the world’s largest solar project of 648 MW by the Adani Group.

Palaszczuk said after the visit, “Indians are a great community in Australia and the Indo-Australian relations are growing from strength to strength. The Australian Prime Minister will also be visiting India shortly and that shows the significance of the relationship. My visit here shows that Queensland supports the Adani project for its potential to create many jobs for regional Queensland and will also help boost the Indian economy. Queensland will also be part of the solar project of Adani and we are delighted to be part of Adani in that project too."

Last week, a group of activists from Queensland led by Geoff Cousins, President of the Australian Conservation Foundation, had visited Ahmedabad headquarters of the Adani Group to handover a letter protesting the mine project by the group in Queensland.

“Our mining project will create economic prosperity and creation of thousands of jobs for the people of regional Queensland. The Carmichael mine will help bring energy security to millions of Indians who do not have access to electricity,” said Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group.

The project will build Australia's largest thermal coal mine in the north Galilee Basin approximately 160”km north-west of Clermont in Central Queensland, linked by a standard gauge North Galilee Basin Rail Line to two terminals at Abbot Point Port near Bowen.

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