The issue is that it would be mostly low quality (i.e High ash content) rubbish in the order of 60 million Tonnes/Annum out of an environmentally sensitive area. At the present time we produce just over 400 million tonnes, so easily the biggest mine in Australia.
The Coalition just signed their death warrant IMO:Not sure what the big hoo har is, its just another coal mine, its not lik we don't export coal now and other coal mines have come and gone since this whole debate started.
That will cost them up to a dozen seats in Vic, along with other seats elsewhere. It's 1983 and the Franklin Dam saga all over again.
The approval will be popular in Qld and potentially win votes.
I suspect those who in Vic that are anti coal are also anti LNP to start with.
What's the ash content is and how does it compare to typical Australian burned coal, Indian domestic coal, I'm guessing most don't have a clue.
Adani coal is higher in ash than typical Australian burned coal, around low to high 20's %. I believe Tarong Power in Qld burns 12-13%. Used to be the old saying 8 trucks out, 1 truck back. Would need to check the calorific values to compare against Vic's coal.
Its not uncommon in India to burn 60% ash, yes I've seen the stuff in person, I never knew coal to be grey before or chunks looking like a Zebra in colour. 35-50% is most common.
Its one of those things, let Adani dig it up. They will either burn this or someone else's rubbish coal, may as well be us. If they wanted to pay for high grade coal, they would, but they don't because if they do they cannot compete.