The Trade and Investment Commissioner of Queensland, Rod Solomon told that "We now have an understanding specifically on setting up a school of mines in India. On following the talks the Indian Government on cooperation in the field of vocational education, he added.
"We (Queensland state) are not going to actually build it. Somebody else will build the infrastructure for the school. The understanding is that we will bring in the curricula and the trainers to provide the education" . Solomon declined to disclose the exact location of the school. He only said that it would be set up in 'one of the north-east states'.
Further he (Solomon) said the new push of India is towards thermal coal for increased power production. Groups like the Adani Enterprises of Gujarat and GVK are acquiring large mining interests in Australia. "In opening up these new mines they need to build infrastructure. For example, GVK will build a 490 km railway line from the Galilee Basin (Queensland) to the port at Abbot point as part of a pit-to-port project", he explained.
This project hold coal reserves of eight billion tonnes and can produce 80 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) at peak capacity. The Alpha coal project has a mine life of at least 30 years and a capacity of 23 mtpa. Adani Enterprises plans to start digging its $10 billion Carmichael coal mine in Galilee around in the mid of year 2013.