Adani has officially launched construction at its Carmichael coal and rail project in the Galilee Basin after receiving approval from the Queensland Government last week.
The company yesterday stated it had around 60 workers onsite who were surveying and clearing for access onto the mine site.
They are also undertaking fencing, Geotech and water management activities which “are being conducted safely and in line with environmental approvals,” a company tweet added.
Queensland’s Department of Environment and Science (DES) approved Adani’s groundwater management plan (GDEMP) for the mine on Thursday last week.
The authorisation represented the final regulatory obstacle in the review process, with DES saying the assessment of the groundwater management plan was “rigorous” to ensure the “plan is robust and provides the maximum environmental protection.”
The approval also charged Adani to additional commitments for monitoring water sources in the region, including undertaking hydrogeochemical analysis of groundwater and spring samples from within each spring complex.
Adani will also be required to review hydrological, hydrochemistry analyses and seismic information as part of its second geological and groundwater remodelling after box cut mining starts.
The project is expected to deliver 1500 direct and 6750 indirect jobs during ramp up and construction, with Rockhampton and Townsville being the primary hubs for employment.
Adani chief executive officer Lucas Dow welcomed the announcement, saying the company would move its focus to ensuring the safety of those working on the project and the surrounding environment.
“Throughout the past eight years regional Queenslanders have been beside us every step of the way and we thank them for their ongoing support. We’re ready to start work on the Carmichael project and deliver the jobs these regions so badly need,” he said.