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India's GVK wins Australian approval for Queensland coal terminal

CANBERRA, Oct 10 (Reuters) - India's GVK Power andInfrastructure won government approval for its newcoal terminal in Australia's Queensland state, with 60conditions to protect the environment, Australia's environmentminister said on Tuesday.

The approval allows GVK and its Australian partner, thecountry's richest person Gina Rinehart, to expand the existingPort of Abbot Point to accommodate its A$10 billion Alpha coalproject, which was approved in August.

Environment Minister Tony Burke said the approval had beengranted with 60 strict conditions to protect the Great BarrierReef World Heritage Area and the marine area.

The Alpha project has a mine life of more than 30 years, andwould produce 32 million tonnes a year.

(Reporting By Maggie Lu Yueyang)

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Keywords: AUSTRALIA COAL/ALPHA