Indian mining giant Adani has suspended two major contractors on its Queensland coal project, placing more concern about the future of the country’s largest coal mine.
Project managers Parsons Brinckerhoff and Korean construction company Posco were told late last week to stop work on the Carmichael mine, rail and port project, according to a report by the Sydney Morning Herald.
Company sources said senior Adani executives flew to India at the weekend for talks about the project’s future.
The news comes less than a month after Adani stood down four engineering firms – WorleyParsons, Aecon, Aurecon and SMC – and scores of workers involved in preparatory works on the development, which would open up Queensland’s vast Galilee Basin.
The SMH report said Adani insisted on Tuesday that the mine would still go ahead and it was not pulling out of Australia.
“These structural changes are connected to the same engineering contracts and preliminary works variations Adani announced last month,” an Adani spokeswoman said.