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Carmichael coal mine owners say major contracts will be awarded soon

Ian Sedgman Adani_ Jodie Currie BBMCAdani Mining claims they will soon be awarding major contracts for their massive Carmichael coal mine and rail project in the Galilee Basin and that they expect first coal will be moved by 2017.

Adani General Manager Project Infrastructure, Ian Sedgman, also told a crowd of 400 at last week’s Bowen Basin Mining Club luncheon in Mackay that Adani will touch every single part of the supply chain.

Mr Sedgman said the project was currently around  80 per sent through the approval phase and that now was a good time for mining sub-contractors to be securing their business with major contracting companies.

Adani’s presentation on its 2020 operation plan outlined that the Carmichael Mine coal deposit was thought to be the largest known coal deposit in the world and the seam was extremely favourable for both open cut and underground mining, with no blasting required.

The underground coal mine is to be high production with two long walls delivering 7 million tonnes per annum and the Adani expansion to Abbot Point, titled ‘T0’, to cater for an additional 70 million tonnes.

Mr Sedgman said Australia was the front end of the supply chain and the Australian confidence levels in the coal market had not impacted on the project as India still needs power to millions of homes and Adani will deliver this, owning the entire process.

With a project life expected to extend 90 years there is set to be significant employment wealth alongside the purchase of goods and services, mining royalty and tax payments, spilling back into the state’s economy. Mr Segment said the project ‘underpins economic prosperity for all Queenslanders’.

Located on the edge of the Galilee Basin, bordering the Isaac Regional Council local government area, approximately 160km north-west of Clermont, Carmichael Coal Mine operational plans include a 500-man camp and an airstrip to support a fly-in, fly-out and drive-in, drive-out workforce.

Mr Sedgman said the successful contractors would be responsible for supplying the bulk of the workforce. He envisaged the employment opportunities would spread from local works to the corners of Queensland, but, this was at the discretion of successful contractors’ workforce practices, rather than Adani Mining.

The Bowen Basin Mining Club’s next function is the Queensland Mining Contractors Awards Gala Dinner, held during Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition on 23 July at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre. Award finalists will be announced after 20 June 2014.

Tickets are $170 per person or $1600 for a table of ten.  All business across the resource sector are encouraged to attend this industry night and should book their tables as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Visit www.bbminingclub.com for all details.

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