Adani skips the Ab­bot Point ex­pan­sion

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - John McCarthy

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.

PHOTO: PETER HOLT

HALTED: Adani has not in­cluded the Ab­bot Point ex­pan­sion in its first stage of de­vel­op­ment.

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