Update: Adani Carmichael mine and rail project
19 April 2017
Adani was granted their associated water licence and surface water licence for the Carmichael Mine on 29 March 2017. Read more here….
Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund
The Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) is considering an application for a $1 billion dollar loan of public money to an Adani subsidiary for the North Galilee Basin Rail Project. Read more here about the approvals process…
Does the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Act 2016 (The NAIF Act) or relevant policy provide any measures to address conflicts of interest? Read more here…
Adani still lack a number of essential approvals, and to satisfy conditions of other approvals, before they can begin construction.
According to the Australian Financial Review on 7 April 2014 the outstanding approvals include those needed for the mine camp, airstrip and telecommunications operations. There are also approvals still needed for the railway at the state level, including for a quarry, vegetation clearing and a camp.
The challenge to Adani’s Federal environmental approval was heard in March and we are awaiting a decision. Read more here about Australian Conservation Foundation v the Minister for the Environment.
Abbot Point Coal Terminal
Investigations are underway by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection at Abbot Point Coal Terminal where coal has been discovered in the Caley Valley Wetlands. Adani is an operator at Abbot Point Coal Terminal, from which coal from the Carmichael mine is intended to be exported.
Adani was reportedly granted a temporary emissions licence to manage water on the terminal site during Cyclone Debbie. The impacts to the wetlands were noticed via satellite imagery after Cyclone Debbie passed through. What’s the legal situation? Read more here….