Aurecon dumps Adani after activist pressure

Engineering and consultancy firm Aurecon has severed all commercial ties with Indian energy company Adani and its controversial $2 billion Carmichael project after being targeted by anti-coal activists.

As Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Tuesday announced plans to introduce tougher laws for activists who chain themselves to block traffic in Brisbane's CBD, the news from Aurecon shows the anti-Adani protest – which has targeted contractors – is starting to bite.

Extinction Rebellion activists have shut down Brisbane's CBD in recent weeks. AAP

Adani Mining chief executive Lucas Dow said they were "surprised" by Aurecon's decision to end their commercial relationship, which includes work on Abbot Point Coal terminal in North Queensland and a solar project in Whyalla in South Australia.

Aurecon has done engineering work on Abbot Point coal terminal for 20 years, including before Adani bought it off the Queensland government in 2011. Abbot Point will be the export hub for the Carmichael mine when it begins production.

Mr Dow said Adani had been subject to a concerted campaign by activists over the past few years, which has switched to shaming contractors involved in the project after the 10 million tonne a year Carmichael thermal coal mine received final approvals from the Queensland government in May.

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