Australia permits dumping near Great Barrier Reef, GVK and Adani to benefit

Written by PTI | Melbourne | Updated: Feb 1 2014, 23:22pm hrs
Australian authorities on Friday approved the dumping of up to 3 million cubic metres of dredged sediment in the Great Barrier Reef marine park as part of a project to create one of the world's biggest coal ports, a move that will benefit Indian companies GVK and Adani Group.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) gave its approval to a plan to dump dredge spoil from the Abbot Point coal terminal expansion in the Marine Park area.

In a statement, GBRMPA said, "After rigorous assessment, it has approved an application by North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation to dispose of dredge spoil at a deep-water location offshore of Abbot Point, subject to environmental conditions."

The development would pave the way for North Queensland Bulk Ports Corp to dump dredged material for two terminals.