WHILE politicians squabble on who is and isn't supporting Adani and the mining industry, the mining giant is getting on with the job at hand.
Protesters might be doing their best to disrupt Adani's and contracts' operations but Adani has taken big steps in establishing its $16-billion Carmichael coal mine and the rail network in north Queensland.
According to an Adani spokesperson, the energy giant was negotiating with contractors on major supply packages, civil/earthwork, track work and signalling and communication packages for its rail network.
"Environmental input is continuing to focus on supporting enabling works in the camps areas," the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said community information sessions had been held in Collinsville in December and January to keep people up to date on the progress of the rail network.
In February, Isaac Regional Council reached a 'substantial' agreement with Adani on its roads.
Under the agreement, Adani would maintain Moray-Carmichael Rd, Moray-Bulliwallah Rd and New Twin Hills Rd.
Mayor Anne Baker said the council was working with Adani on what infrastructure is needed for the coal giant's mine.
"This includes supporting the proponent to source suitable raw materials for use in the maintenance of Council roads," Cr Baker said.
"The outcome of this process is to ensure the ratepayers of Isaac region are not directly or indirectly burdened by these costs.
"Our discussions to date have been positive and productive and we are confident of reaching terms in the near future."
The licences at two quarries have also changed so Adani can access materials at North Back Creek and Elgin quarries.
An Adani spokesperson also revealed work has started in earnest at the mine site.
"We are about to commence detailed design for the airport, communication tower and coal handling and processing plant," the spokesperson said.
"We are about to commence drilling of test bores as well as installing additional monitoring bores."
The spokesperson said Adani was also about to start tendering for earthworks at the mine site.
While work continues on the ground, there has been delays in financing one of the world's largest mines.
Adani admitted on Thursday that it would miss a March deadline to secure $3.3 billion to get the mine off the ground.
According to media reports, Adani is considering selling a stake in the mine for a capital boost.
Other milestones for Carmichael project:
- Detailed design activities continue.
- Mackay company AECOM continue with the finalisation of all field data in preparation for factual reporting and rehabilitation of the completed sites.
- Community Engagement Team are in regular contact with neighbouring property owners.
- Cultural Heritage clearances continue.
- Environmental studies and surveying continues onsite.
- Exploration camp operations and maintenance.
- Water monitoring continues onsite.
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