Queensland, Australia: Indian mining giant Adani has planned building a new 300-kilometre railway to ship coal from its yet to be constructed Carmichael Mine in the Galilee Basin to Abbot Point. The Referral of Proposed Action for the project was lodged with the Federal Environment Department yesterday. The company already had plans to link on to the existing railway network at Moranbah, however, maps show the new route would leave the linking railway about 100 km west of the town, at Mistake Creek.
If approved, the railway would transport 100 megatonnes of coal each year, a company spokeswoman said.
She said, “Adani’s proposed Carmichael Mine and Rail Project will deliver many benefits to the local, state and national economies.”
During construction, the combined mine and rail project is tipped to deliver the equivalent of 378 jobs to the area and a total of 1192 full-time jobs across the state.
Multi-use railways were preferable to creating a “spaghetti-like mess” across Central Queensland, In June previous year, Deputy Premier Mr. Jeff Seeney said.
The application would be “considered in due course”, he said.
If approved, the railway would cut a swath through mostly grazing properties from the Northern Galilee Basin all the way to port north of Bowen – a suggestion that has environmentalists worried.
Million tonnes of coal for electricity production in India every year. Billion Carmichael Coal Mine is likely to produce 60 Mackay Conservation Group coordinator Mr. Patricia Julien said the railway would impact “ecological connectivity” from east to west. Once fully operational, the USD 5.9 If sanctions go well, production could start in 2016.