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What the Adani project means for Qld

AAP logoAAP 5/12/2016 Darren Cartwright and David Sigston

THE ADANI PROJECT AND QUEENSLAND

On Tuesday Indian multinational conglomerate Adani Group announced construction would begin on the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project in June/ July 2017.

WHAT IS IT?

- A 45km open cut and underground coal mine in the Galillee Basin, including six open-cut pits and five underground mines

- It will be the largest coal mine in Australia and one of the biggest in the world

- Will operate for 50 to 60 years

WHAT'S THE RAIL LINE?

- Total of 389 kilometres of rail line to be built, including approximately 310km connecting the northern Galilee Basin to the Port of Abbot Point

- Coal trains to run 24/7

HOW MUCH MONEY IS INVOLVED?

- Adani is investing $21.7 billion

- Speculation $1 billion in loans will be provided under the federal government's independent Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

- Construction to generate $78 million per annum in direct and indirect impacts on the Mackay regions and $203 million for Queensland as a whole

- Production to generate $176.6 million per year in Mackay region and $274.1 million for the state

- $5.5 billion in royalty/taxes in first 10 years

JOBS

- 10,000 jobs (direct/indirect) over the course of 25 years.

- Includes workers village with a capacity of up to 2000 beds.

- Adani plan to use driverless trucks to shift the coal.

- Adani say no 457 visas will be used

WHAT IS ADANI SAYING?

- Townsville to become Adani's regional mining headquarters

- Mackay-Bowen area to become regional headquarters for rail and port operations

- Townsville and Rockhampton shortlisted for fly-in, fly-out base

WHAT IS THE QLD GOVERNMENT SAYING?

- 200 "stringent" conditions on the project and a 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030

- $100 million in funding for protection, a ban on capital dredge spoil dumping and higher water quality targets

WHAT DO OPPONENTS AND ACTIVISTS CLAIM?

- Greens say mine will condemn Great Barrier Reef to worse bleaching

- Jeopardises 70,000 jobs associated with the reef

- The project affects four native title/Aboriginal party areas

- Government has ignored claims Adani Group overlooked ecological issues in India

- Project will destroy indigenous land rights

- Approving the coal mine is incompatible with Australia's commitment to the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change.

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