INDIAN mining giant Adani has announced it will commence work on its Carmichael coal mine in Queensland in October. Company chairman Gautam Adani released statement confirming the start of works for the $16.5 billion project in Queensland’s Galilee basin, with the first coal to be produced by the facility in March 2020.
The Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail project is expected to operate for 60 years and will produce up to 60Mtpa (million tonnes per annum) of coal at its peak. Adani is proposing to developing mine, rail and port project in Australia. This is part of the Adani Groups Pit to Plug business model, that is, Adanis key objective is to extract coal from its Mine, process it to an appropriate grade and export it to the overseas power plants Customers including the Adanis power station projects.
The Carmichael coal mine comprises a Greenfield coal mine consisting of both open cut and underground mining, on-mine infrastructure and associated mine processing facilities (the Mine) and the Mine (offsite) infrastructure including but not limited to:
Carmichael Mine project comprises:
• Three longwall underground systems requiring sets of equipment consisting of hydraulic shields to provide roof support during extraction, shearers to cut the coal from the seam and conveyors to transfer the coal to the surface
• Six open cut pits truck-and-shovel equipment will be used for the pre-strip of overburden and for coal excavation, other methods such as bucket wheels, continuous haulage systems may be used for the removal of overburden after further investigation and design has been concluded
• Mine infrastructure and processing facilities
• Workers accommodation village and associated facilities
• Industrial area
• Permanent airport site.
• Up to five offsite Quarries
North Galilee Basin Rail (NGBR) project comprises:
• A standard gauge, Greenfield rail line approximately 380 km in length
• Operational capacity up to 100 Mtpa
• At-grade and grade-separated road, rail, stock and occupational crossings
• Bridge and culvert structures at major waterways and drainage lines, and various other longitudinal and cross drainage structures
• Associated infrastructure, including, passing loops, maintenance road and facilities, water supply, rail bridges, rolling stock, road and waterway crossings, workforce accommodation, fencing, maintenance yards, lay down areas, quarries, etc
• Trains will operate up to 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year and will comprise three diesel or electric locomotives and 220 wagons per train
• Train lengths will be approximately 4,000 metres, with each train carrying approximately 23,500 tonnes.
Abbot Point to project:
The proposed Abbot Point to Coal export terminal will comprise:
• A rail connection from the Mine track (i.e. NGBR) including turnout loops and loading facilities
• Yard machines (i.e. stackers, reclaimers, stacker / reclaimers)
• Conveyor systems to transport coal from the NGBR to the stockyard and then to the shiploader
• Out loading and off shore berths
The Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail project will offer a number of benefits to Queensland and the Galilee Basin including:
• Providing more than 10,000 direct and indirect jobs
• Generating economic growth
• Upgrading local roads
• Community investment in rural Queensland
• Contributing to Queensland’s rail network.
Adani is committed to ensuring local communities share in their business success and will achieve this by working in partnership with local communities to achieve mutual long term benefits.
Founded in India in 1988, the Adani Group has significant international business interests in the resources, logistics and energy sectors. Employing more than 10,000 people across the globe, Adani has, in recent years, emerged as a major player in the coal mining industry.
Adani Groups Australian subsidiaries including, Adani Mining Pty Ltd, will own and manage the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail project.
Adani is committed to making positive contributions to the communities we operate in by mitigating socio-economic risks and supporting social investment that encourages community self-reliance and sustainability.