Adani, GVK get Oz nod to expand Abbot Point Port projects

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Hyderabad | Published: March 12, 2015 3:24:25 AM

The new Queensland government on Wednesday cleared Adani and GVK’s plans to expand the Abbot Point Port for coal projects...

The new Queensland government on Wednesday cleared Adani and GVK’s plans to expand the Abbot Point Port for coal projects that are opposed by green groups over damage to the Great Barrier Reef.

Announcing the new agreement, state premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the deal would see dredge spoil dumped on the site known as T2, adjacent to the existing coal terminal, not on the Caley Valley wetlands or within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The port expansion was to involve dumping 3 million cubic metres of soil dredged at the Abbot Point port into the sea about 25 km
(15 miles) from the Great Barrier Reef.

Palaszczuk thanked Adani and GVK for working with the government to come up with a sustainable plan will help protect the Reef, the wetlands and create jobs.

“Today, my government sends a clear message: we can protect the Great Barrier Reef, and we can foster economic development and create jobs.

I am determined to deliver on my election commitments…” he added.

Welcoming the new agreement, Adani Mining company said, “The agreement would ensure Adani’s plan for delivering 10,000 jobs and $22 billion in taxes and royalties proceeds in line with previously advised timelines and it would be consistent with the company’s clear commitment to work with both sides of politics to deliver jobs and infrastructure in Queensland.”

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