Jobs on horizon at Adani

CONTRACTS and jobs will soon be advertised for the Adani Carmichael Mine project.

Adani Mining general manager, mining infrastructure, Ian Sedgman told about 140 people at a Resource Industry Network luncheon in Mackay that Federal Government approval last month ensured construction works would start from mid to late next year, with the first coal to come from the mine in 2017.

Mr Sedgman presented a comprehensive update on the project's progress.

"Over the next six months some communities will see early works, and a number of our contractors will advertise for services and recruitment progressively as they are ready over the coming year," he said.

"Mining services and mine worker recruitment will be towards the end of the construction process."

"Big chunks" of jobs would not come on stream overnight but would build over the construction and operational timeline.

Mr Sedgman said the Carmichael project would be the largest coal mine in Australia, with both open cut and underground operations.

"It will showcase Queensland as a place of business, a place of employment and a place to get things done," he said.

The Galilee Basin is quite isolated, with Clermont the closest residential centre to the mine, 160km away.

"It is not being developed as part of an existing footprint," Mr Sedgman said.

Because of this Adani needs to provide roads, accommodation, water, airport and power. This is in addition to the 388km of rail line to Abbot Point.

In regards to overseas workers being brought in, Mr Sedgman said this was not planned nor feasible.