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India's Adani Group has announced today (6 December 2016) that three regional towns in Queensland, Australia, will provide vital support services and infrastructure for its $16.5 billion Carmichael coal, rail, and port project. This also marks the start of the pre-construction phase.
The Chairman of the Adani Group, Mr. Guatam Adani, has been meeting Australia's Prime Minister to discuss the latest developments. He says:
"I want to sincerely thank the Prime Minister and Premier and their respective governments for their relentless support."
The company had originally planned to base all of its projects in Brisbane, however, it soon realized that a shift to the regional Queensland centers means it can harness the skills and enthusiasm of the local industries, communities, and workforce.
Townsville will be the regional headquarters, as well as the base for the company's Remote Operations Centre. Mackay will provide mining services and project sourcing centers. While Bowen will be the headquarters for Adani's rail and port operations.
Emerald, Clermont, Moranbah, Collinsville and Charters Towers will also provide support and workers when work commences in 2017.
Apart from the Carmichael mine itself and the expansion of Abbot Point Port near Bowen, a 400-kilometre rail line will be built from the mine site to the Adani-owned and operated the bulk coal-loading facility at Abbott Point.
Job supply in regional and provincial Queensland has been at a low, and politicians from the area are keen to let Adani start to work on this project after six years of waiting.
In the words of Cr. Anne Baker, Mayor of ISSAC Regional Council:
"With this project being completely within the Issac region, it will bring a positive economic opportunity, through job creation and business creation."
The Carmichael mine's prime function is to bring desperately needed electricity to 100 million people in India. It will also generate 10,000 jobs to regional Queenslanders (PwC report).
The Adani Group says it's committed to nation-building projects and has a very balanced approach to renewable energy. It's on track to realize India's vision of becoming the largest renewable energy generator globally. Next year, the Adani Group is planning to build one of the world's most advanced solar farms in Moranbah, Queensland, and another in Whyalla in South Australia.
Content provided by The Adani Group via Reuters