REVEALED: Details of $29M Tarong Power Station overhaul
TARONG Power Station will receive a $29.9 million overhaul to ensure secure, reliable electricity and jobs for the South Burnett region.
This comes as 1362 South Burnett households were in the dark for up to four hours after a storm caused a power outage last Sunday.
Energy minister Anthony Lynham said the overhaul was part of regular maintenance works with a peak workforce of 500, including contractors and the station's permanent employees.
"Overhauls at Tarong Power Station bring a real economic boost to the South Burnett region, from the extra workers on site and the flow-on benefits to local accommodation, hospitality and transport industries," he said.
The overhaul will provide short-term employment opportunities for people with the skills and expertise required to undertake maintenance and upgrades to the power station.
"The extra workers include electricians, boilermakers, riggers, fitters, welders and scaffolders, many of whom are local subcontractors," Dr Lynham said.
Tarong Power Station site manager Brad Perry said overhauls were major logistical exercises that involved careful planning and preparation.
"Power station overhauls are large-scale engineering projects that maintain the reliability, efficiency and safety of electricity generation units and are typically carried out every four years," he said.
This will include inspections, maintenance, refurbishment and replacement of the plant and equipment.
"This will maintain the reliability, efficiency and safety of electricity generation units now and into the future," Mr Perry said.
The work will ensure the station is equipped to meet demands over the summer.
"The overhaul will ensure that Tarong Power Station maintains the required level of reliability to support Queensland's system security requirements, particularly over the summer peak demand period," he said.
The outage will not impact electricity security with sufficient electricity capacity available to meet increased electricity demand over the next two months.