Adani airport & protests
Contractor confirms $30 million airport agreement and Adani warns of deadly protest.
Wednesday 17 January 2018
Toowoomba based construction group Wagners has confirmed they’re the successful tenderer for a $30 million airstrip at Adani’s proposed Carmichael Coal mine in the Galilee basin this week.
However, no time frame has been set for when it will be built.
The building of an airstrip would be a key milestone for Adani’s vast thermal coal project because it's a core requirement for bringing in a construction workforce.
There are forecast to be more than 3300 jobs generated during the construction and operational phases of the proposed mine of which 2100 are now contracted to come from FIFO hub Townsville and 1700 from Rockhampton.
To establish themselves as FIFO hubs to the Carmichael project the Townsville and Rockhampton Councils have jointly committed to invest $30 million into the development of the FIFO airport at the Carmichael mine.
However, the tender process for building the airstrip was challenged this week by a Townsville Businessman who claimed there hadn’t been due process when Wagner's won the tender.
However, the claim was dismissed by the Crime and Misconduct Commission due to lack of evidence and led Wagners to release a statement pointing out that their contract to build the airport was with Adani rather than Townsville and Rockhampton Regional Councils.
“The company [Wagers Holdings Company Ltd] confirms that it has entered confidential contract negotiations with the mine owner Adani for the potential future construction of the airport,” they said.
“These negotiations have continued over a significant period of time and following a competitive tender process by Adani.
“Wagners cannot comment on any discussions or agreements between Adani and local Councils….these are confidential matters between those parties and not a part of the tender of construction contract process negotiations involving Wagners.”
Meanwhile, Adani has released a statement saying that protesters at the Abbot Point Coal Terminal this week were putting lives at risk.
“I am extremely concerned and disappointed in the actions of protest groups and the five protesters who made the foolish decision last night to lock onto one of our coal conveyors at the Abbot Point Port,” Abbot Point Port Operations CEO Dwayne Freeman said.
“These people, who have no experience, knowledge or understanding of the operations involved with a heavy industrial site like ours, are extremely fortunate to not have been seriously injured or killed.
“Such dire consequences were only avoided due to the diligence of our operational staff, who were inspecting the plant and became aware that the protestors had locked on to a live and operational automated conveyor system.
“We respect the right to protest but based on the negligence and violence of the protests we are now seeing, it is unfortunately highly probable that one day, actions such as this will end in a fatality – which is unequivocally unnecessary.