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Insurance company AXIS Capital has reportedly become the latest company to refuse to cover the Adani rail line.
Reuters reports that a source told them the Bermuda-based company had pulled its bid to insure the construction of the Carmichael rail line, ahead of the release of a policy to cut its exposure to coal.
It's the latest blow to the controversial Queensland mine with a growing number of companies refusing to be involved.
Protestors rally against the Adani coal mine outside Parliament House.
The mine which is set to produce 8 million to 10 million tonnes of thermal coal a year was approved by the federal government in June, despite strong opposition from environmental groups.
Activist investor group Market Forces welcomed news of AXIS Capital's decision.
“Adani continues to be abandoned by its corporate partners that don’t want to be associated with a destructive new coal project,'' Market Forces campaigner Pablo Brait said.
Market Forces said 15 insurance companies, including Axis, have ruled out supporting the mine, along with 43 other companies.
In August, engineering partner Aurecon announced an end to its long-standing business relationship with Adani, in a move that surprised Adani.
“AXIS’ move, following engineering firm Aurecon’s severing of ties to Adani, shows the Carmichael coal project is toxic, not just for our climate but for a company’s brand too,” Mr Brait said.
It's unclear how AXIS Capital's withdrawal will affect negotiations with insurance broker Marsh on a proposed coverage deal.
AXIS Capital and Adani have been contacted by SBS News for comment.
Market Forces is targeting other insurance companies including AIG which it believes has been providing coverage for the mine.
"Rather than continuing to exacerbate the crisis, other insurers such as Canopius, Lloyds and AIG need to follow in AXIS Capital’s footsteps and give the Adani Carmichael project the wide berth it deserves,” Mr Brait said.
AIG declined to comment.
This article first appeared on www.sbs.com.au
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