American engineering firm AECOM is reportedly no longer involved in the creation of the $2.2 billion rail link for Adani’s Carmichael coal mine project in the Galilee Basin, Queensland.
A spokesperson from AECOM told The Guardian Australia that the company’s people had demobilised from the project.
In response, Greenpeace Australia Pacific campaigner Jonathan Moylan declared the development as the “final nail in the coffin” for the $16 billion project. In February, Karen Andrews, an MP for the Liberal-National Coalition, ruled out federal funding for the rail link via the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF).
Another major company involved with Carmichael that subsequently pulled out was mining services contractor Downer, which left the project in December last year due to what Adani referred to as “a change in management structure”. Adani has also missed a stated March 2018 deadline for project funding.
“Adani Group have shown time and time again that they can’t take this slow-moving train wreck forward and should scrap it for good,” added Moylan. “The Australian people don’t want it, the banks won’t touch it and now even key partners who stand to profit handsomely are giving up on Adani.”
One high-profile figure who expressed tacit support for Adani’s plans was Queensland Mayor Anne Baker, who called for “reason and sensibility” regarding the Carmichael mine.
“At the end of the day Adani isn’t the only company developing a new mine in the Isaac region or the state of Queensland for that matter and they will be far from the last to do so,” said Baker in March.
“Coal will continue to be a crucial part of the global energy mix alongside renewables, which are a growing industry in the Isaac region. With solar, wind and coal, the Isaac is helping to energise the world.”
A spokesperson from Adani said the company remains “100 per cent committed to the project”.