Engineering group Downer EDI has announced that it has been awarded a $2 billion contract for work on Adani Group’s controversial Carmichael Coal Mine project in the Galilee Basin, Central Queensland.
“We’re very much looking forward to working with Adani at the Carmichael Coal Mine, which is expected to become the largest thermal coal mine in Australia,” said Chief Executive Officer of Downer, Grant Fenn.
According to the ASX Announcement, under the mining services and mine infrastructure contract – set to last between five and seven years – the company will be responsible for statutory management and mine operations; drilling and blasting; load and haul of waste and coal; and engineering, procurement and construction of on-site infrastructure and preparatory civil works.
“The Carmichael mine lies at the heart of these projects which will deliver vital export opportunities for Queensland, 10,000 jobs, $22 billion in taxes and royalties to be invested right back into frontline services across our State, and crucial work opportunities for small and medium sized businesses. This partnership with Downer reflects the clear confidence that tier one firms have in Adani’s projects and we welcome the chance to work with such a respected, proven partner on this critically important task,” said Adani Australia Country Head and CEO Jeyakumar Janakaraj.
“In selecting Downer as the mining services contractor, we are confident that not only we are well placed to meet our longstanding first coal guidance of 2017 but that we are one step closer to our goal of building a long-term future with Queensland.”
The $10 billion dollar Carmichael mine, which has been a target for environmentalists, will be one of the biggest coal mines in the world.