Engineering company Aurecon has cut ties with Adani following increased pressure from activists that oppose the Carmichael coal project in Queensland.
Aurecon’s relationship as a contractor for Adani at the Abbott Point coal port had spanned more than two decades.
Adani, commenting via a media statement, stated that the decision was unexpected despite increased opposition to the company’s coal operations.
“We are surprised by the decision, given the positive long-term relationship and the fact that we are not aware of any commercial issues or disputes between our companies,” the Adani statement read.
Aurecon’s decision comes as pressure continues to mount on the Carmichael project, with construction on the operation “well and truly under way.”
“There has been a concerted campaign by extremists against our Carmichael project and businesses that partner with us,” according to Adani.
“We have repeatedly demonstrated that we will not be intimidated or deterred from delivering on our promises to Queenslanders.”
The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) commented on Aurecon’s decision, saying it was disappointed to see the end of the company’s relationship with Adani “based on ill-informed bullying from anti-resources activists.”
“It’s disappointing to see any business give in to bullying tactics from activists, many of who are acting illegally to disrupt lives and businesses,” QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said.
“Ultimately every company can make its own business decisions. But it’s local workers who will miss out through the lost opportunities of working on new investments and new resources projects.“
Adani stated that it was in conversations with other business which have expressed interest in taking up the Abbott Point portfolio of work.
This coincides with Adani offering other opportunities to work with its other Australian port business, the Carmichael project, and its renewables division.
Adani also reinforced its stance on climate change, insisting that the challenge of rising energy demand in Asia, alongside reducing emissions intensity, remained at the forefront of Indian company’s business.
“Our company is walking the talk when it comes to climate change. We recognise the science and are taking active steps to address the global challenge that is climate change through our international renewables business,” Adani said.