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Adani Carmichael Mine dig and haul operations begin

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Adani Carmichael Mine – mining activity commences.

Adani Mining has released video of a Liebherr 996 excavator and CAT 796 dump trucks completing their first dig and haulage operations at the new Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin. Queensland.

The mining machines were digging and hauling materials to prepare the way for new roads the site.

The new footage comes after Adani last week marked 12 months since the start of construction on its Galilee Basin coal and rail project.

Recent milestones include completion of work to upgrade the mine site airstrip, with flights between Townsville and the mine site starting in late May and Rockhampton flights last week.

Read more about Adani’s Carmichael Mine development here.

Adani says more than 500 people are already working on the project’s construction sites.

The Liebherr 996 is one of the largest production diggers in the world, weighing over 600 tonnes. The bucket holds 36 cubic metres and carries over 70 tonnes of material in each scoop.

See the video on the Facebook page: Liebherr mining excavations and Caterpillar truck haul video; Adani Mine, Galilee Basin, Queensland.


Project overview*

EIS status Approved with conditions
Description Open-cut and underground coal mine with a yield of 60 million tonnes per annum and a 189-kilometre railway line.
Proponent Adani Mining Pty Ltd and Carmichael Rail Network Pty Ltd (joint proponents), both wholly owned subsidiaries of Adani Australia, part of the Adani Group.
  • Mine: Galilee Basin, 160 km north-west of Clermont
  • Railway line: from the mine to Moranbah, where it will join the existing Goonyella rail system, connecting to coal terminals at the Port of Hay Point (Dudgeon Point expansion) and the Port of Abbot Point.


Local government/s
  • Isaac Regional Council (majority of mine and rail)
  • Charters Towers Regional Council (small portion of mine)
Key features
  • six open-cut pits and five underground mines
  • five mine infrastructure areas
  • coal handling and processing plant
  • heavy industrial area
  • water-supply infrastructure
  • 189 km rail line
  • off-site infrastructure, including workers’ accommodation village and airport.
Investment $16.5 billion
Jobs Mine:

  • Up to 1075 (construction)
  • Up to 3800 (operational)

Railway line:

  • Up to 1400 (construction)
  • Up to 120 (operational)

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Depending on where you live, or which state the mine is located in, as you can see from the information below, the salaries are very different. In Queensland and New South Wales, mining wages are pretty much the same for Dump Truck Operators. Working at a Western Australian mine you can expect to earn about 20% more than if you worked in QLD or NSW.

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According to online jobs website Indeed (, the average salary for a Dump Truck Production Operator in Australia is $41.98 per hour. Salary estimates are based on 326 salaries submitted anonymously to Indeed by Dump Truck Drivers. The data was collected from past and present job ads on Indeed over the last 36 months. Dump Truck Driver Pay Estimates

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