Queensland’s Coordinator-General has approved about 31.5 km of permanent rail line and a temporary construction camp for Adani’s AUS$22 billion Carmichael coal project.
The section of railway approved will form part of the 389 km line that will link the Galilee Basin coal mine to the export terminal and Abbot Point.
The latest nod from the Coordinator-General is the “final major state and federal government” approval needed by the project, according to Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Anthony Lynham, although the mine still requires a water license.
“This is another key milestone for the project, which Adani has confirmed it will start construction on next year,” said Dr Lynham in a statement.
The project already has all primary approvals in place, as well as prescribed project and critical infrastructure project status, which helps expedite the regulatory process.
The project is expected to provide a big boost to the economy of north Queensland, yet is deeply controversial with protests from environmental campaigners marking the mine’s approval. The mine will consist of six opencut pits and up to five underground mines.
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