AUSTRALIA: The Adani group said on Tuesday it will begin work on two new mines in the central Australian outback.
The mining company’s proposed project in the remote Northern Territory has been criticised by environmentalists and environmental groups and is at odds with a $2.5 billion coal project approved by state and federal governments in the early 1990s.
Adani’s coal project in a remote area of northern NSW, dubbed the “Yellow River” because of its yellow colour, will begin operating this year.
The project is also opposed by environmental groups because it will be a major new addition to the Adani coalmine in the far north of Australia.
“The Adani project in Northern Territory will provide significant economic opportunities for local communities, as well as significant employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians and New South Wales residents,” the company said in a statement.
The Adanis project in Queensland is also in dispute, with a court ruling that the mine would be illegal.
In February, a federal judge ruled the Adanid mine in the Pilbara was not in the country’s national interest, and ordered the project stopped, despite the company’s promises to the contrary.
The mine has been delayed since the ruling, and Adani said it was working to get the mine going.
The company has said the project will produce 1 million tonnes of coal a year.