Adani Carmichael mine faces five-year delay

Construction on the Adani Carmichael coalmine could be ­delayed by five years after the Queensland Environment Department changed the timeframe for completion of the mining company’s black-throated finch population and impact research.

The Australian is reporting that under its Environmental Authority, approved in 2016 by the Queensland government, Adani had planned to carry out the research over five years during the early stages of construction and operation of the central Queensland mine, but the Department of Environment and Science on Thursday requested that it complete its research prior to construction. The request is among several strict conditions put forward by the DES after an eleventh-hour review.

Adani chief executive Lucas Dow told The Weekend Australian the company’s resolve “continues to harden” despite the latest setback, with the Indian parent company backing its commitment to the mine. “We’ve jumped through numerous hoops before and we just see this as another one,” Mr Dow said.

“Our commitment and our resolve is certainly unwavering.”

Adani is awaiting critical ­approvals of its Black-Throated Finch Management Plan and Groundwater-Dependent Ecosystem Management Plan before significant work on the Galilee Basin mine site can begin.

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