The Australian government has reissued an environmental permit to Adani’s Carmichael coal mine and rail development. The permit, issued by Greg Hunt, the Environmental Minister, contained 36 “rigorous conditions”.
Adani will be required to use independent scientific advice throughout the coal mining project, and to replace 730 megalitres of water annually in order to replace water that is used during mining.
The mine is set to be one of the world’s biggest, with Adani aiming to produce up to 60 million tpy of coal for exports to India. Construction has been estimated to total US12.1 billion.
The company has welcomed the decision, stating that it will bring “much needed economic benefits” to the country.
“Today’s announcement of the final federal approval for the Carmichael mine and north Galilee basin rail by Minister Hunt makes clear that these concerns have been addressed, reflected in rigorous and painstaking conditions. Adani has said for some time now that what is required for companies planning major job creating and infrastructure generating projects in Australia is certainty on approvals. It is certainty over the remaining approvals that is now key to the company progressing its plan to deliver mine, rail and port projects in Queensland that will deliver 10 000 direct and indirect jobs, and $22bn in taxes and royalties to be reinvested back into community services,” said Adani in a statement.
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