Queensland Government delivers final approval for Carmichael coal project

Adani’s Carmichael coal project in Queensland has received approval for a rail line and workers camp – its final major state and federal government approval.

Queensland’s Coordinator General approved the 31-kilometre permanent rail line and temporary 300-bed construction camp.

The rail section will form part of the 389-kilometre standard gauge, heavy haul railway line from the mine in the Galilee Basin to the Abbott Point Port.

“This is another key milestone for the project, which Adani has confirmed it will start construction on next year,” state development minister Anthony Lynham said.

The project has endured several approval hurdles as well as activist attempts to delay construction.

Earlier this year the state government deemed the $21.7 billion project ‘critical infrastructure’ in a bid to boost its development, and what Lynham said would mean ‘less red tape’.

The project was also exempt from new groundwater laws that required all new developments to obtain an “associated water licence”. Carmichael was exempt through an alteration to an amendment whereby companies that have already undertaken an environmental impact statement (EIS) and the land court would still require a water licence, but would not be subjected to the public objection process.

Adani hopes to begin construction in the September quarter of 2017.