Adani welcomes Queensland Government’s commitment to Abbot Point

Posted March 11, 2015


Indian logistics and energy Titan Adani has reacted optimistically to the Labor Government’s commitment to allow dredge spoil to be dumped adjacent to the existing facilities at Abbot Point.

The agreement was consistent with the company’s commitment to work with both sides of politics to deliver jobs and infrastructure in Queensland, Adani said.

“With five years’ worth of rigorous environmental approvals processes having been concluded under both Labor and LNP state and federal governments, today’s announcement is a further demonstration of the importance successive governments have placed on the substantial economic contribution Adani’s projects will make to Queensland subject to strict environmental regulations.

Adani CEO and Country Head, Jeyakumar Janakaraj said today’s announcement in Townsville by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham showed the strong emphasis the state government had placed early in its term on securing jobs for the state. “I welcome today’s announcement because it demonstrates the priority the government has placed from the outset on ensuring economic development proceeds in Queensland subject to robust environmental standards”, Mr Janakaraj said.

The expansion of the port at Abbot Point lies at the heart of Adani’s mine, rail and port projects in Queensland. The port, previously the subject of strictly regulated dredging campaigns, has operated safely and without incident for thirty years.

Like previously concluded, well-managed dredging campaigns at the port, it will be considerably smaller than those at comparable ports in Queensland, at 1.05 million cubic metres of dredged material for Adani’s component of the dredging, or between a third and a fifth of what some commentators have claimed is being sought.

Long the lifeblood of Bowen, strictly regulated dredging to deliver additional capacity at Abbot Point is key to opening up the Galilee Basin and ensuring that the jobs, taxes and royalties they’ll deliver, together with the frontline services that will pay for in our state, can proceed as planned. Technologically advanced, closely scrutinised dredge campaigns to both maintain and expand well regulated ports are vital for Queensland’s economy.”

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