International mining company secures land for multiple quarries

The Indian mining company has confirmed it will build “at least” two of its own quarries along the proposed 388km railway line from Abbots Point to its Carmichael mine, located approximately 160km northwest of Clermont, Queensland.

In addition, Adani will source material from existing quarrying operations for rail and road construction, with land acquired at Twin Hills for a new quarry and a second site “closer to the rail loop near the mine”, according to Adani spokesperson Ron Watson.

Watson was reported as stating the proposed Twin Hills quarry was part of the company’s regional strategy.

“Twin Hills is different quality so it will probably be more road-based, for road construction and cement,” he said.

Quarry sought additional information from Adani, including whether the company would be running the quarries itself or bringing in outside quarry contractors to manage them, but had not received a response at time of publication.

In a company statement, Adani CEO Gautam Adani said the mine and rail project would generate 10,000 direct and indirect jobs, with pre-construction works already beginning in September 2017.

“I am proud to announce the project has Final Investment Decision approval which marks the official start of one of the largest single infrastructure – and job-creating – developments in Australia’s recent history,” Gautam Adani said.

The $16.5 billion project will encompass six open-cut pits and five underground mines and is expected to yield more than 60 million tonnes of materials per annum.

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