Carmichael mine could get underway by August 2016
Adani Carmichael mine project update.
Indian based Adani Group’s controversial 16.5 billion Carmichael mine project has been a work in progress for many years. With thousands of mining jobs up for grabs, the long-awaited start date for the mine has finally been announced. It’s expected Adani will commence mining operations this year as official government clearances for the mining lease are expected to be finalised by August.
The Galilee Basin Carmichael coal, railway and port project is situated over 390 kilometres from the coal loading terminals at Abbot Point in northern Queensland. The huge thermal coal mine is touted to be Australia’s biggest coal mine ever seen. Around 160 km northwest of Clermont in Central Queensland, the mine will be connected to Abbot Point by a new 388 km standard gauge rail line.
Environmental clearances have come through
A top Adani Group executive has said, “All the clearances have come through. There are only two issues related to land, etc. We expect this to happen soon. All decks will be a go in the next 5-6 months. We will then start operations. Both the central and state governments in Australia are very positive about the project,”.
Last week Australia’s Resources and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg had said: “All the commonwealth approvals have been granted. There are some state approvals, which are awaiting conclusion. The state government and the federal government as well as the federal opposition, all support the Carmichael project.”
Adani given the green light
When asked about the status of the project Australia’ Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb told PTI said Adani’s case for approval to develop the Carmichael mine was an issue of the Queensland state government and they have just recently approved all the environmental issues and have given the green light on what Adani has developed to satisfy the requirements.
The only hurdle now stopping Adani from proceeding with the initial mine development is the mining lease.
At the moment, an indigenous group has commenced another action in the course claiming the mine can not go head because Adani made false claims about the size of the workforce the mine would create. Although this new court challenge to the development of the mine is nothing new, it’s expected final approval is close and the signals from the Queensland government are encouraging and enthusiastic.
The Australian federal and Queensland state governments will be big winners when the proposed mine starts to produce coal. Royalties and taxes will contribute billions of dollars back into the government coffers over the expected 60 year production life span.<
Thousands of Queensland mining jobs
Thousands of Queensland mining jobs at the proposed mine are up for grabs. Much anticipation about ‘jobs for life’ has been created as literally tens of thousands of mine workers prepare to fight for jobs at the mine. Being a predominantly open cut mine, with coal seams close to the surface, means there will be a lot of mining jobs for machinery operators and skilled workers. In 2015, Adani announced that Downer EDI would be handling the building of the mine as well as the mining operations.
For most job applicants, the critical phase of the application process is making sure their skills and experience match the requirements of Adani.
View the first stage of the mining skills identification process here, then proceed to the formal Adani Expression of Interest here.
Additional resources for those seeking a permanent mining job with Adani