Contractors sick and tired of waiting for payments from Adani

MACKAY contracting companies have complained Indian mining giant Adani is failing to pay its bills.

At least 12 companies have been left in the lurch after signing up to contracts with the multinational.

Mackay Area Industry Network deputy chairman Allan Ruming said desperation for work following the lull in the mining sector meant many local business weren't taking the time to be careful about what they were signing up for.

"Issues have been reported back since people began working with Adani," he said.

"If you're moving into a new field with a new player in the industry and you expect they're going to play the same as everyone, then you'll run into trouble."

Yesterday, the Daily Mercury reported contractor John Holland and Adani had become embroiled in a legal stoush over work done between February 2009 and December 2010.

John Holland has launched a $28.5 million claim and alleges Adani breached its contract for marine works and shiploader projects when it did not extend contract dates following inclement weather.

But Adani has initiated a $6 million counter claim, saying John Holland's work quality was not up to scratch and it breached contracts.

Mr Ruming said reports suggested local companies had fallen into trouble after failing to fully grasp the way Adani operated around the globe.

"It's not all negative. There are an increasing number of MAIN businesses saying they have no difficulty in their work and relationship with Adani."

Adani is currently seeking to construct the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project, which will include a $5.9 billion mine in the Galillee Basin with associated rail and port infrastructure.

The Daily Mercury contacted the company yesterday, however, they did not respond prior to deadline.


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