Carmichael secures another major approval milestone

Published Monday, 05 December, 2016 at 05:00 AM

Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

The $21.7 billion Carmichael coal and rail project has secured its final major State and Federal Government approval this week

With the Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani in North Queensland tomorrow, the Coordinator-General has approved an application for the project’s rail line into Abbot Point as well as a temporary construction workers’ camp.

State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the latest, and final, secondary approval this week was for about 31.5km of permanent rail line, as well as a temporary construction camp with up to 300 beds.

“This is another key milestone for the project, which Adani has confirmed it will start construction on next year,” Dr Lynham said.

The project already has all primary approvals as well as prescribed project and critical infrastructure project status in place to reduce red tape.

The rail section approved this week will form part of the 389 kilometre standard gauge, heavy haul railway line from the mine in the Galilee Basin to the coal export Port of Abbot Point 

Mr Adani will meet Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Dr Lynham in Townsville tomorrow. (EDS:Tuesday)



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