Adani seeking public comment on new rail proposal

INDIAN mining giant Adani's proposal to build a rail line from its Carmichael Mine in the Galilee Basin to Abbot Point has been released for public comment.

The invitation for comment on the proposal for a 300km standard gauge rail line was made by the Federal Environment Department on Thursday.

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Among the developments the project will include were temporary mining camps, quarries and roads associated with the construction of the rail line.

It will run from Adani's proposed mine near Mistake Creek in Central Queensland north-east to connect to existing rail lines to deliver coal through the port.

The rail line will carry about 100 million tonnes of coal a year, with trains running 24 hours a day at an average speed of about 80km when fully loaded.

Documents filed with the department said the project would not impact on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area or any nationally-significant wetlands.

Landholders and other interested stakeholders can now submit their comments through the department.