Adani will soon hand out contracts for the development of its $16.5 billion Carmichael mine as it works towards first coal production in 2017.
Speaking at the Bowen Basin Mining Club luncheon, Adani’s general manager for project and infrastructure, Ian Sedgman, said it was a good time for mining sub-contractors to be securing their business with major contracting companies.
At 10 billion tonnes, Carmichael, located in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, is considered the largest single coal tenement in the world, and is set to open up the vast coal-rich region to mining for the first time.
The project will include the construction of the mine, a 189 kilometre rail line, water supply infrastructure, a workers' accommodation village and airport.
It is expected to create 2,500 jobs during construction and 3,900 permanent jobs when operation begins.
Sedgman said the underground coal mine is to be high production with two long walls delivering 7 million tonnes per annum and the Adani expansion to Abbot Point, titled ‘T0’, to cater for an additional 70 million tonnes.
Sedgman said the successful contractors would be responsible for supplying the bulk of the workforce.
He said the employment opportunities would be made up of local workers as well as other skilled professionals from across Queensland.
With the Queensland government signing off on the project in May, the mine is now awaiting the green light from the Commonwealth.
Sedgman said the approval process was 80 per cent complete, and highlighted the benefits the mine would contribute including the purchasing of goods and services and the payment mining royalties and tax payments.
Sedgman said the project “underpins economic prosperity for all Queenslanders”.
GVK-Hancock, a joint venture between Gina Rinehart's Hancock Coal and Indian conglomerate GVK and Clive Palmer’s Waratah Coal are also vying to build coal mines in the region, considered by many as the new frontier in Queensland mining.