Upgrades to Queensland power stations

Upgrades at the Tarong and Callide power stations will provide employment opportunities for more than 400 Queenslanders.

The Queensland Government has announced it will spend $35 million on overhaul works and improvement projects at Stanwell’s Tarong Power Station, while a $49 million overhaul and maintenance program also has begun at CS Energy’s Callide Power Station.

Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Dr Anthony Lynham said the Tarong project included extensive turbine and generator overhauls, boiler and air heater inspections and repairs, as well as major electrical switchboard maintenance and motor overhauls.

“Locally-based contractors, including Kingaroy Hydraulics and G3 Engineering, were engaged to provide skilled labour and are undertaking parts of the project works.

“Fifty local people will be engaged by Stanwell’s contractors for the duration of the outage.’’

Dr Lynham said businesses in the South Burnett region were providing catering, transport and accommodation for Stanwell employees and contractors during the overhaul, providing benefits to the local economy.

Dr Lynham said approximately 370 contractors would be on site for the major program of works at the Callide Power Station, which will run to early December.

“The works will provide short-term employment opportunities for people with the skills and expertise required to undertake maintenance and upgrades to the power station.

“Principal overhaul contractor MHPS has brought a range of contractors to site, including electricians, boiler makers, riggers, fitters, welders, scaffolders and crane drivers.

“The contractors will work alongside the power station’s permanent workforce and are being accommodated at motels and caravan parks in Biloela, bringing $4 million in flow-on economic benefits to the region.’’