Indian mining giant Adani today named the regional Australian cities of Rockhampton and Townsville as 'Fly-in-Fly-out' (FIFO) hubs for its employees working in the 16.5 billion dollars Carmichael coal project.
Adani Australia announced this after the councils of two North Queensland cities yesterday agreed to invest over 15 million dollars each to build an airstrip in Galilee Basin.
The airport would be owned jointly by the two councils.
At present, there are around 200 employees in Townsville but according to the ABC, Adani plans to base more than 1,000 FIFO workers in each city that will be needed for construction works.
Under FIFO, companies fly their employees to the remote work site instead of relocating them and their families permanently to a town near the mines.
The employees work for a number of days and are then flown back to their hometowns for a number of days of rest.
This is a common practise in the mining industry in Australia and Canada.
"The two councils - Rockhampton and Townsville - will invest a total of 31 million dollars to build this airport for Adani at the mine site," Adani Australia CEO and Country Head, Jeyakumar Janakaraj told
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