Gautam Adani-led Adani Group could start construction of its ambitious and controversial Carmichael mine and rail project in a “few weeks” as the project has received most approvals from the Australian government and only two key state approvals are needed, Lucas Dow, CEO — Mining at Adani Australia, told ET in a telephonic interview. There are nine other approvals that will be required at a later stage from state and the government. Edited excerpts:
The Australian government has approved the groundwater management plan. What is the status right now for other approvals?
With this approval, we have all the approvals needed from the government to start construction. Two critical plans, which have been approved at the federal level, need state approval. During the course of project development, other approvals would be needed but for us to start construction there are only these two plans that need state government approval.