Carmichael project prompts Australian engineering firm to cut ties with Adani

first_imgCarmichael project prompts Australian engineering firm to cut ties with Adani FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:The global engineering and consultancy firm Aurecon has severed a longstanding business relationship with the Adani Group, amid ongoing efforts by anti-coal activists to target firms working for the Indian conglomerate’s Australian mining arm.Adani Australia released a statement on Wednesday saying it was “surprised” by the decision but that the “concerted campaign” against the Carmichael project by environmental groups had not succeeded, and that construction of the central Queensland thermal coalmine was under way.But the decision is likely to buoy activists groups’ efforts to convince other major contractors to walk away. Their current focus is on another engineering consultant, GHD, which is working on the design of the mine.Julien Vincent, the executive director of Market Forces, an investor action group, said the stance taken by Aurecon “certainly doesn’t surprise us. Adani’s Carmichael coalmine project, along with the company’s corporate record make it brand kryptonite for any company that they are associated with,” Vincent said. “Aurecon joins a long list of companies to have walked away from the Carmichael project, or ruled out providing financial support to Adani’s dirty coalmine.”Aurecon had not been directly involved in the Carmichael mine – it had been the engineering, procurement and construction contractor at the Abbot Point coal terminal since 2005. Adani bought the terminal in 2011.There are relatively few engineering firms with the capacity to design and build Carmichael. Another global firm, AECOM, had been designing a railway between Carmichael and Abbot Point, but walked away amid a financial dispute. A deal with integrated services firm Downer EDI collapsed in 2017 after the company was pressured by activists.More: Global engineering firm Aurecon cuts ties with Adani amid pressure from activistslast_img read more