EDO Qld has prepared an update on the status of the Adani Carmichael coal and rail project, with information on special treatment on royalties, groundwater, the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund, remaining approvals and court cases. Last update 12 June 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
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is continuing its investigations into stormwater discharges from Terminal 1 at Abbot Point Port during Cyclone Debbie. Adani is the operator of that port terminal, from which some of the coal from the Carmichael mine is intended to be exported.
Adani was granted a temporary emissions licence to help manage stormwater during the cyclone, but it subsequently reported an exceedance of the licence. Potential impacts to the nearby wetlands were noticed in satellite imagery after the cyclone. Read more here….