The Queensland Government in Australia has granted environmental approval for $4.2bn Kevin’s Corner coal mine, which is owned by Indian infrastructure firm GVK.

Kevin’s Corner mine, which marks the company’s second coal mine project in Australia, in located in the Galilee Basin in western Queensland.

GVK vice chairman G V Sanjay Reddy said that the company is pleased with the consent given by the Coordinator General which culminate in the provision of a State Environmental Approval for the project.

"This project will follow the best practices in operations and environmental sustainability, and will contribute to the economic development of the region." Reddy noted.

The Kevin’s Corner project proposes a 30 million ton per annum (mtpa) underground and open cut coal mine and other associated infrastructure 65km north-west of the Alpha township.

GVK said that the latest approval raises its coal mining capacity to 62mtpa.

In May 2012, the company received environmental approval for its Alpha Coal and Rail Project in Queensland, and in August 2012, its Alpha Coal Project was granted federal government approval.