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Pacific Investment Management Co., which is seeking to decarbonize its investment portfolio, has stopped participating in the bond offerings of Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Ltd. because of its links to a controversial coal project Australia, according to a person familiar.

Pimco, which is owned by Germany’s Allianz SE, did not participate in Adani Ports’ $500 million bond sale in January, the person said, while its existing holdings in Adani Ports would be allowed to run to maturity. A spokesperson for Allianz declined to comment.

Adani’s Australian mining unit -- last year re-branded as Bravus Mining & Resources -- has drawn fierce opposition from environmental groups over the 10-million-tons-per-annum Carmichael thermal coal project. The company’s plans to transport the coal to the Abbot Point export terminal -- which is controlled by the broader Adani Group -- via a new 200 kilometer (124 mile) rail link is set to open up a region of previously untouched bushland to mining.

Adani Ports was unaware of Pimco’s position on participation in its bond offerings, a spokesman for the group said by email. The company was “committed to strengthening its ESG performance across its operational ecosystem," he added.

Allianz belongs to a group of insurers and pension funds that have pledged to run carbon-neutral investment portfolios by 2050 as part of the so-called Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance. In January, the group said it may cut investments in the stocks and bonds of companies that weren’t making sufficient progress toward that goal.

Deutsche Bank AG also withdrew from Adani Ports’ recent bond offer due to environmental concerns, the Economic Times newspaper reported in January, citing people familiar with the matter. Adani Ports said the issuance drew strong participation from institutional investors across Asia, EMEA and the U.S., achieving an over-subscription ratio of 4.2 times.

Adani is self financing Carmichael after local banks refused to back it, while a number of companies, including Greyhound Australia and engineering consultant Aurecon, have ruled out doing contract work for the project, which has become a lightning rod for climate protesters in Australia amid a broader backlash against the most polluting fossil fuel.

Adani Ports shares jumped 5.2% in Mumbai on Monday.

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