Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Carmichael rail line: engineering firm says it has 'demobilised' from Adani project

The global engineering company AECOM, the firm that had been designing Adani’s $2.2bn rail line to its Carmichael coalmine, says that it has “demobilised” and is no longer working the project with the Indian conglomerate – but Adani says it is still “100% committed to the Carmichael project”.
A loaded coal train in the NSW Hunter Valley. AECOM was
designing a 310km rail line worth $2bn to connect the
 proposed Adani Carmichael mine to the port.
Engineering design contracts often have several milestones at which point the design is reviewed and the project then moves to another phase. The AECOM contract was ended at such a milestone with all contracts honoured. But sources have told Guardian Australia the expectation had been that AECOM would shepherd the rail project to its conclusion.

Adani remains silent on its attempts to finance the Carmichael project, having missed two deadlines, the most recent in March.

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