India’s most integrated infrastructure company, Adani Group, is already setting plans to start coal mining in 2020 in Australia through its existing mining project in Queensland.
Adani Group has already invested in the $16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine, a project that was delayed due to protests by environmental groups. Basically, those who strongly object to the development claimed that it will threaten vulnerable species in the region, including the yakka skink, and the Great Barrier Reef.
Now, the company can go on with the first phase of the project after getting final approval from the Australian government. According to the company’s chairman Gautam Adani, they are expecting permission to be granted as early as May this year.
Commenting on the approval of the project, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, said:
“Most of the approvals have gone through. We don’t believe there will be any obstacles for that final piece of legislation going through the federal parliament and environmental conditions have been attached as well.”
Originally conceived in 2010, the Carmichael coal mining project includes a mine and a rail link to the terminal of Abbot Point. It was also meant to create 10,000 jobs in Queensland and boost power generation for millions of people.