17 September 2018
The Australian Financial Review reports today that two companies, AECOM and Jangga Operations, are claiming they are owed money by Adani for work the companies did on the Carmichael coal project.
Engineering and design group Aecom is trying to recover almost $17 million it alleges it is owed by Adani after it stopped work on the miner’s proposed rail link to the Carmichael coal mine.
The Australian Financial Review understands that while Aecom has received some payments from Adani, it is still owed $16.9 million and has submitted a claim with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission which arbitrates disputes.
Jangga Operations, a cultural heritage body that specialises in surveying Native Title areas, is also understood to be owed money by Adani. Aecom’s contract was with Carmichael Rail Network, a subsidiary of Adani. But its most recent annual report for the year ending March 2017 the Carmichael Rail Network said it had no employees and only $1000 in assets.
So, for any companies considering working with Adani on its disastrous Carmichael coal project – if building an ecosystem-destroying mega coal mine in the midst of a climate crisis against the wishes of traditional owners isn’t enough to put you off, then maybe Adani Australia’s alleged reluctance to pay its bills is.