Power stations upgrades spark more jobs
MORE than 400 Queenslanders are receiving employment from the upgrades at the Tarong and Callide power stations.
Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Dr Anthony Lynham told Queensland Parliament on that approximately $35 million would be spent on overhaul works and improvement projects at Stanwell's Tarong Power Station.
"The Palaszczuk Government is focused on employment, no more so than in the energy field and in regional Queensland," he said.
Tarong Power Station is one of the most reliable and low-cost generators in the Queensland Electricity Market and across the National Electricity Market.
"The work at Tarong will ensure the power station is well positioned to continue to provide secure and reliable electricity for Queensland heading into the summer months," Dr Lynham said.
"The project includes extensive turbine and generator overhauls, boiler and air heater inspections and repairs, as well as major electrical switchboard maintenance and motor overhauls."
The station has used South Burnett-based contractors, including Kingaroy Hydraulics and G3 Engineering, to provide skilled labour and undertake parts of the project works.
"Fifty local people will be engaged by Stanwell's contractors for the duration of the outage," Dr Lynham said.
South Burnett businesses were also providing catering, transport and accommodation for Stanwell employees and contractors during the overhaul.
A $49 million overhaul and maintenance program also has begun at CS Energy's Callide Power Station.
Callide had approximately 370 contractors on site for the major program of works, which will run to early December.
"The works will provide short-term employment opportunities for people with the skills and expertise to undertake maintenance and upgrades to the power station," Dr Lynham said.
Queensland had surplus generating capacity, more than enough to cover the essential overhauls and maintenance.
"This is essential work, being taken to ensure continuity and reliability of supply for Queensland and creating employment and added prosperity to our regions," he said.