Adani denies Carmichael mine job cut rumours

INDIAN mining giant Adani has denied it has started dismissing employees on its multi-billion dollar Carmichael mine project in the Galilee Basin.

Following a report staff were told in late July they were to be sacked, a company spokesman said "suggestions of a fresh decision in relation to staffing... are simply not true".

Fairfax Media reported the employees were those working on the early phases of the project.

The outlet said the company intended to keep its workforce in that area to about 20 people and about 90 other staff had been told they would finish between August and March.

Delays in State and Federal government approvals were to blame for the job cuts, according to the Fairfax article.

The Adani spokesman said there were only changes in relation to project management and execution contracts connected to the same variations announced last month.

"The preliminary works contracts were previously sustained due to the level of investment Adani had maintained for more than 12 months in anticipation of a range of government decisions and approvals timeframes," he said.

"As we announced on 24 June 2015, a number of changes in the approvals processes meant these timeframes had to be adjusted.

"If and when there are changes to our response to approval timeframes we will make a proper announcement, and Adani does not propose to comment on ill-informed speculation."

Greenpeace has seized on the Fairfax report, calling for Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt to "quash the mining licence for this and the other coal mines in the Galilee Basin that were seeking to piggyback off the Adani project".