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Adani Mining rebrands as Bravus Mining & Resources, coal production starts 2021

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 5 November 2020: The controversial Adani Mining company developing the Carmichael Coal Project in Queensland has now a new name for its Australian mining business, Bravus Mining & Resources. Adani who has completed ten years developing the world’s biggest coal mine in Queensland is all set to produce its first coal in 2021. The project has faced the flak of environmentalists and faced many legal challenges.

In a media statement emailed to SAT today early morning, Bravus Mining & Resources, CEO Mr. David Boshoff, said now that construction of the Carmichael project was well underway, it was the ideal time to give Adani’s mining business its own Australian brand.

“Our 10 years in Australia has been a journey that has tested the resilience, skills, and determination of our people and has confirmed the depth of our commitment to regional Queensland.

“We have made a significant investment in Queensland and we will be here for the long haul employing local people and doing business in Australia,” Mr.Boshoff said.

“We are proud to be a dedicated Australian company that is part of the North Queensland community. We will continue to stand up and deliver for the good of our community, no matter how courageous it requires us to be, and Bravus, our new name, reflects this intent,” he said.

“Bravus is an Australian company. We operate under Australian law and will pay taxes and royalties here.”

“More than 1,500 people are currently employed on the Carmichael mine and rail project and more than $1.5 billion worth of contracts have been awarded. It is terrific that 88 percent of that work is being done right here in Queensland,” he said.

Claiming that their “high-quality coal would be part of the solution as the global energy mix transitioned to a low emissions future. Criticizing the Stap Adani movement, he said, it ” has tried unsuccessfully to prevent our business from operating in
Australia, but the fact is there is ongoing demand for thermal coal in Asia and India.”

“We have already secured the market for 10 million tonnes per annum of coal produced at the Carmichael Mine, which is focused on India and Asia,” he said.

In a separate statement, Adani Australia announced, the new brand name will be emblazoned on the North Queensland Cowboys’ 2021 season jersey sleeve. North Queensland Toyota Cowboys CEO Mr. Jeff Reibel said the Bravus platinum partnership was a win for the team and its fans.

Adani claims delivering ‘jobs commitments’ amidst allegations of ‘abusing Aboriginal rights’

16 September 2020 Carmichael Coal Mine, Queensland - Photo: Cameron Laird
Photo: Supplied by Adani Australia

By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 18 September 2020: Adani Australia, developing the Carmichael Coal Project in Queensland has claimed to employ more than 1,500 people and awarding more than $1.5 billion in contracts on the Carmichael mine and rail project. The claim comes amidst the company facing charges of abusing Aboriginal rights again by the Wagan Jagalingon Family Council (W &J). They have made a human rights complaint with the Qld Commissioner.

Adani Australia a statement emailed to South Asia Times (SAT) today quotes it’s CEO David Boshoff as saying, “We are proud to have made good on our promises to Queensland, and especially regional Queensland. We’ve created more than 1,500 jobs and signed more than $1.5 billion in contracts.

More than 88% of our contracts are being delivered in Queensland and have been spread across all corners of the state to give as many regions as possible the opportunity to benefit from our project, while also enabling us to tap into the highly-skilled construction and resources industry workforce that Queensland possesses.

The project’s contractors and suppliers are from almost every corner of the state.”

W&J cultural leader, Adrian Burragubba says, “We are harmed – spiritually, culturally and physically – by the desecration and destruction of our land for the Carmichael mine. We are peacefully camping in our homeland practicing our laws and culture. But Adani sends in its security force and calls in the police to intervene”.

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Traditional owners protest. Photo- Supplied.

A confident CEO David Boshoff says, “We are looking forward to the day next year when we can celebrate our success with our Queensland partners and employees while watching the first shipment of coal being exported. Until then, it remains full speed ahead on construction,” he said.

‘Stop Adani’ activists protest outside Pacific National and Aurizon’s head offices

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Photo: Stop Adani

By SAT News Desk

Brisbane/Sydney, December 9: Big crowds rallied outside Pacific National and Aurizon’s head offices this morning, delivering huge piles of coal, singing coal-themed Christmas carols and calling on the rail freight companies to rule out hauling coal for Adani’s controversial Carmichael coal mine.

Today big crowds rallied outside Aurizon and Pacific National headquarters in Brisbane and Sydney, delivering giant piles of coal, with singing, chanting and train whistles, demanding that the coal freighting companies say no to hauling Carmichael coal for Adani.

Queensland spokesperson, Dermot Dorgan, #StopAdani The Gap said, that any association with the Carmichael mine is a reputational risk and that hauling coal for Adani would be a climate train wreck.

“With Genesee and Wyoming recently ruling out hauling Adani’s coal, two companies remain Aurizon and Pacific National,” Mr. Dorgan said.

“More than 60 major companies globally have already said no to supporting Adani’s project because of climate impacts and the associated business risks. We’re urging Aurizon and Pacific National to do the same,” Mr. Dorgan said.

Sydney spokesperson, Vicky Tzioumis, #StopAdani North Sydney said, “Companies like Pacific National that choose to associate with Adani’s controversial brand endanger their reputation and social license.

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Photo: Stop Adani

“Adani’s mine, rail, and the port project is a risky financial bet. Adani has shortchanged major engineering companies for tens of millions of dollars and experts say Adani is a “corporate collapse waiting to happen”.

“Australia is already grappling with early bushfires and devastating droughts. Burning coal is the biggest driver of climate change. Aurizon and Pacific National must stand on the right side of history and rule out hauling Adani’s coal,” Ms. Tzioumis said.

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Carmichael mine will be self-financed, says Adani Mining CEO Lucas Dow

By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 30 November: The controversial Carmichael coal mine and rail project in Queensland will be 100% financed through the Adani Group’s resources, Adani Mining CEO Lucas Dow announced yesterday in Central Queensland.

The project has faced fierce opposition from environmental groups who claim carbon emissions from the mine will badly hurt the nearby iconic Great Barrier Reef, already facing destruction from global warming.

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Adani Australia CEO Lucas Dow. Photo: Adani Mining Twitter

In an Adani Mining media release, Dow says, “We have already invested $3.3 billion in Adani’s Australian businesses, which is a clear demonstration of our capacity to deliver a financing solution for the revised scope of the mine and rail project.

“The project stacks up both environmentally and financially.
“Today’s announcement removes any doubt as to the project stacking up financially,” he says.

The media release claims, “The Carmichael Project will deliver more than 1,500 direct jobs on the mine and rail projects during the initial ramp-up and construction phase, and will support thousands more indirect jobs, all of which will benefit regional Queensland communities.”

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Photo: Greenpeace Australia

Meanwhile, in a media release, the Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council says, “‘They don’t have our consent, they can’t build their mine.

“We demand a guarantee from the Queensland Government they won’t now extinguish our native title for Adani. Queensland Labor has said they recognize that the registration of the Adani ILUA is contested and they acknowledge and respect our right to have our complaints considered and determined by a court.

“We have an appeal before the full bench of the Federal Court. To act before this concludes would be to deny our rights and open the way for a grave injustice. Without our consent, the mine is not ready to proceed”.

There has sprung a strong lobby group against the mine. Their concerns are the damaging impact of the mine on the Great Barrier Reef, on groundwater at the site, greenhouse emissions, and extinction of already endangered species. Mackay Conservation Group has already won its legal challenge on the last issue.

Adani’s ‘ironclad’ guarantee against 457 visas for Carmichael mine but opposition wants written commitment

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Gautam Adani. Photo: Twitter

By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 6 December: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszuk has said she had an “ironclad” guarantee from Gautam Adani that there will be no foreign workers brought under the 457 visas for the $ 16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine project. Though there is no written agreement on it. The Queensland Premier announced this after a meeting with the Adani Group boss in Townsville today. Mr. Adani, considered close to the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi had yesterday met the Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull at a private meeting and briefed him the project details.

ABC reports Queensand Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said written assurances would be preferable.

“The Premier has said she takes Mr Adani at this word and that’s fine, but I would have thought it would have been better to assure Queenslanders that we had some written commitments that jobs from this project will go to Queenslanders,” he said.

The Adani group today announced five regional towns will provide vital support services for the projects.
In a media release the Chief Executive of Adani Australian, Jeyakumar Janakaraj, said Emerald, Clermont, Moranbah, Collinsville and Charters Towers would be the source of support services including workers for its projects.
 “We are particularly focusing on the construction of our planned near-400km rail line to be constructed between the Carmichael mine and our bulk port facility at Abbott Point near Bowen,” Mr Janakaraj said.
 “So we need people and services in the region to build that rail link, as well as companies to provide resources.”
 The provision of good, services and labour from the regional towns would be supplemented by Rockhampton, Mackay and Townsville.
 Mr Janakaraj said Adani had also announced that Townsville would be the site of the Regional Headquarters for the Carmichael coal mine project.
 Mr Janakaraj said Townsville would also be home base for the company’s Project Management Office, and provide port services for incoming materials.
The original plan of the company was to have the project offices in Brisbane.

The Australian Conservation Foundation yesterday calling it a dirty deal said, “This coal mine would be a global climate catastrophe. It is dangerous to our planet and the people and places we love. Australians don’t want this mine, we want our reef and a clean, safe future. 
Malcom Turnbull has a clear choice. Honour an iron clad election promise or do a dirty deal with Adani to use Australian taxpayers’ money to fund a coal-carting railway line from the Galilee Basin to the Great Barrier Reef coast.”

Meanwhile, in a media statement the Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council has announced a fresh court action against the proposed project after expressing anger at Mr. Gautam Adani not meeting them.