Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project
Known as the Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project, Adani’s dredging and construction works are a key component of the Abbot Point port expansion.
If approved, this project will increase the port’s capacity from 50 to 120 million tonnes per annum. This will ensure it can meet export requirements from the Galilee Basin.
The Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project involves dredging 1.1 million cubic metres in situ of seabed. Adani’s proposed dredging area is approximately 61 hectares of seabed within port limits, outside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
In comparative terms, the proposed dredging footprint is tiny compared to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park’s nearly 35,000,000 hectares.
The proposed dredging site is 19 and 30 kilometres away from the nearest coral communities ( 945 KB). Scientific modelling has found that sediment will be highly localised to the dredging site and will not impact these coral communities.
This dredged material will be placed on vacant industrial land ( 3.6 MB) at the port, next to the existing coal terminal.
On-the-ground studies and investigations are underway and will contribute to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). These findings will be made available to the public.
On 17 April 2015, the Queensland Government lodged an application with the Commonwealth Department of the Environment to begin the approval process for Adani’s dredging and onshore placement works.
The Commonwealth Government has considered this application under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and determined that a full EIS is required for the Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project.
As part of this process, the draft EIS will be open for public comment later in 2015, for at least 20 business days.
Adani, not Queensland taxpayers, is meeting the costs of the approval and investigation processes.