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GVK gets approval for Kevin's Corner mine in Australia

PERTH (Reuters) - India's GVK Power & Infrastructure (NSI:GVKPIL.NS - News) said on Friday it had received federal environmental approval for its controversial Kevin's Corner coal project in Queensland, Australia.

The project has faced a public campaign led by an anti-coal alliance that says the mine would deplete groundwater crucial to farms.

Construction is expected to start in 2015 with the first coal being produced in 2018, GVK said in a statement. (Reporting by Rebekah Kebede; Editing by Alan Raybould)