Adani Australia has selected Queensland cities Rockhampton and Townsville as its joint fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) hubs for the $16.5bn Carmichael coal project.

The cities are set to become the twin marshalling points for the project.

The development comes after the company awarded contracts worth more than $150m for rail lines and sleepers, as well as contract to Downer Mining to undertake construction and operation of Carmichael mine.

In addition, the company recently began pre-construction works, including refurbishment of the mining camp and established mining headquarters in Townsville.

Adani Australia CEO and country head Jeyakumar Janakaraj said: “Rockhampton and Townsville put in commercially strong and competitive bids to be the single FIFO hub for the Carmichael project.

“Construction and operational stages will trigger 10,000 direct and indirect jobs in central and north Queensland over the life of the mine.”

“The bottom line for Adani was the size of the workforce needed, both in the construction stage and the operational stage, as well as our commitment to generate jobs across regional Queensland.

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“The construction and operational stages will trigger 10,000 direct and indirect jobs in central and north Queensland over the life of the mine.”

The project has been the subject of a series of protests from environmental groups in Australia, receiving international attention after accusations that operations could devastate the Great Barrier Reef.

In August, The Queensland Court of Appeal dismissed a case against the mine, filed by activist Adrian Burragubba, who claimed to have filed the petition on behalf of the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) communities.

The case challenged the state government’s approval of a mining lease for the project, which is a thermal coal mine in the north Galilee Basin.

The mine is expected to produce up to 60Mtpa at full production capacity.