Adani Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project

The Adani Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project will be an open cut and underground coal mine initially producing 25 million tonnes per annum to be transported over a multi user open access 388km railway line and exported via the Abbot Point Coal Terminal. 

The mine, rail and port project will entail investment of $16.5B and contribute thousands of jobs to the Queensland economy while supplying thermal coal to India. Coal generated from the mine will be shipped directly to India and used by the Adani Group in their coal-fired power stations. The project is located around 340km south west of Townsville and is the first of a number of significant projects to be potentially developed within the Galilee Basin. The catalytic rail and port infrastructure that will be established resultant of the Carmichael Mine development will support further investment, development and job creation in the northern Galilee region. 

Adani Australia has recently announced it has negotiated a deal with the Townsville City Council to base a Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) hub in Townsville to service the Carmichael Mine Project. In addition, the Townsville deal secures Adani's Regional Headquarters in Townsville for the next 30 years. 

This is welcomed news for our region after a challenging few years, with both announcements generating real jobs and real economic stimulus for Townsville North Queensland. Securing Adani's FIFO jobs builds upon Townsville's involvement in the largest single infrastructure and job creating development in Australia's recent history.

How can I access this opportunity? 

Adani has dedicated regional supplier and employment portals for the Carmichael Mine Project. The portals provide a single point of contact and information for those wishing to tender for work or employment on the Carmichael Mine, Rail and Port Project. The supplier portal, hosted through specialist regional content platform EconomX, handles supplier registration for Adani and subcontractors on the Carmichael Project. 

The official gateway for job opportunities for the Carmichael Project will be via the uWorkIn portal. This is the single point of contact for Adani, as well as top-tier suppliers and contractors, to connect with regional Queensland’s workforce.


Advocacy Timeline
  • 19 December 2014 - Downer EDI awarded mining contract
  • 12 October 2016 - The Palaszczuk Government's upgraded the project infrastructure to critical
  • 27 October 2016 - Townsville Enterprise called on Governments and Oppositions to end delays and prioritise the project
  • 25 November 2016 - Court dismissed granting of Adani mining lease and environmental approval objections in Court
  • 1 December 2016 - State Government announced only one water licence and additional environmental approvals were limiting beginning of Adani construction
  • 5 December 2016 - Final major State and Federal Government approval achieved
  • 6 December 2016 - Townsville North Queensland secures Adani regional headquarters
  • 25 January 2017 - Employment opportunities presented at Adani Roadshow
  • 6 April 2017 - Water licences approved for Adani
  • 23 May 2017 - Adani Australia announced an investment decision to proceed with the project was on hold until the State Government could decide on a royalties deal
  • 31 May 2017 - the State Government agreed to a royalties deal with Adani
  • 6 June 2017 - Adani Regional Headquarters declared open in Townsville North Queensland by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
  • 6 June 2017 - Adani Chairman, Gautam Adani formally gave the Carmichael Mine Project the green-light
  • 7 June 2017 - Townsville Enterprise hosted an inaugural North Queensland Mining and Resources Industry Forum with a presentation from Adani Australia
  • June 2017 - Townsville based company, AECOM awarded surveying contract, generating 70 local jobs to the Townsville region
  • 14 June 2017 - Native Title Bill passed through the Senate
  • September 2017 – Early construction due to commence

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