Engineering firm parts ways with Adani Australia
The Indian-owned Adani, which is also behind the controversial Carmichael mine project in Central Queensland, has expressed surprise at the move.
“While we are surprised by the decision, given the positive long-term relationship and the fact that we are not aware of any commercial issues or disputes between our companies, we value the work that Aurecon has delivered for our port and renewable energy businesses,” a company spokeswoman said.
“We are already in conversations with other businesses and a number of companies have eagerly expressed their interest in taking up this portfolio of work, along with other current opportunities to work with our Australian port business, the Carmichael Project, and our renewables business.
“There has been a concerted campaign by extremists against our Carmichael project and businesses that partner with us.
“It has not succeeded and construction of the Carmichael project is well and truly underway.”
In a written statement Aurecon said the company “continues to pivot its 7,500 people, and their capabilities towards a future ready business which includes aligning to its sustainability commitments and ongoing digital transformation.
“Aurecon recognises that as a global engineering, design and advisory company it has a key role to play in enabling Australia to transition to a low-carbon future. It does this by working with clients who have interests in a wide range of mined resources that underpin Australia’s export economy. Aurecon will therefore continue to play an important role in this sector.”
Aurecon said it would cease work for the Adani-leased Abbot Point export terminal following the completion of its current phase of work and will transition its people to partner with other clients over the next 6 – 9 months.
“As part of this decision the firm has also ruled out working on any other Adani group of companies’ projects.”
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