Adani Australia has announced they're still on track to export the first coal out of its Carmichael mine in 2021.
This week, excavation equipment arrived to begin the process of removing the overburden soil and rock around the coal seams at the thermal-coal rich Galilee Basin.
Adani Mining Australia’s new chief executive officer, David Boshoff, said the work to remove the overburden was a significant step in the mine’s “construction schedule”.
“We are on track to export first coal in 2021,” Mr Boshoff said.
“It’s great to see our big new gear, the Liebherr R 996B excavator and CAT 796 dump trucks, hard at work,” he said.
“In time they will reach the coal seam, then we will be excavating coal. We need to remove around four cubic metres of rock for every tonne of coal we mine.”
Mr Boshoff said the workforce at the Carmichael Mine site had expanded as the project began.
“There are now more than 700 people working on the mine and rail project construction and numbers are growing as more contractors arrive to build the coal handling plant and to work on the railway,” he said.
“The expansion of our mine accommodation to 400 beds is complete to cater for the additional workforce.
“We will soon be able to accommodate another 1200 people in our temporary rail accommodation villages.”
The Carmichael Mine is expected to produce 10 million tonnes of thermal coal per year, with coal being exported to South-East Asia and India.
“It will be used to generate affordable and reliable electricity for communities in India and south-east Asia,” Mr Boshoff said.
He said the company had chosen to use “conventional truck and excavator mining techniques” across the project to remove the mine overburden, because it could be managed more sensitively.
“Our first five mining trucks and excavator have arrived on site and are working,” he said.
“The assembly of our second excavator will commence in the coming weeks.
“We will also add more than a dozen mining trucks to our fleet over the coming months.”
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