Adani skips the Abbot Point expansion
ADANI’S controversial Abbot Point coal port expansion and dredging program will not be included in its first stage development expected to get financial approval this month.
And Adani won’t commit publicly to a timeline for when the port will be built or any subsequent expansions of the Carmichael mine.
The $100 million port expansion project caused huge problems for the State Government and had to be redrawn twice as both the Newman and Palaszczuk governments struggled with the environmental impacts of dredging a channel for the coal ships and the dumping of the spoil in an area so close to the Great Barrier Reef.
Adani chairman Gautam Adani confirmed the expansion would not be needed in the $US5 billion first phase.
“A port already exists with capacity to handle phase-one coal,” Mr Adani said.
Whitsunday mayor Andrew Willcox was disappointed by the schedule, with it not part of the first stage.
“We were looking forward to that expansion so we could get some benefit from it,” he said.
However, he said it was still likely to go ahead in further stages.
HALTED: Adani has not included the Abbot Point expansion in its first stage of development.