CS Energy’s $90 million Kogan Creek Power Station overhaul in Queensland is set to bring in a significant boost in jobs and to the local economy, with up to 400 contractors anticipated to work on site.
“Overhauls provide short-term employment opportunities for people with the skills and expertise required to undertake maintenance and upgrades to the power station.
“The Palaszczuk Government is focused on regional jobs and building infrastructure and this includes ensuring the current infrastructure is in tip-top running condition and in the process generating employment opportunities,” Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said.
Principal contractors for the power station - Downer Group, Siemens and Intertek - will be providing majority of the workforce for the overhaul. This will include electricians, boiler makers, riggers, fitters, welders, scaffolders and crane drivers.
“Locally-based contractors also have been engaged to undertake parts of the project works including RiE Group, Healy Contracting and Day Break-Milne.
“Local arms of other national and international businesses are also involved, such as Veolia, Amalgamated, Enzed and Rexroth,” Dr Lynham said.
Dr Lynham added that the contractors will be working together with the 111 permanent workforce at Kogan Creek.
This Kogan Creek Power Station overhaul is expected to deliver a significant boost to the local economy in Chinchilla as well as to the surrounding communities. This boost will come from the extra workers on site and from the flow-on benefits to the local service industries - including accommodation providers, caterers and transport companies.
The last overhaul on the power station was conducted in 2016 and this year’s overhaul will include a number of inspections, maintenance works and upgrades to the power station equipment which will ensure that the power station will be able to operate reliably - most especially during the summer peak.
According to Dr Lynham, the State has enough power generation to meet electricity demands during the overhaul, where Kogan Creek Power Station is going to be offline.
“This essential work, being taken to ensure continuity and reliability of supply for Queensland and creating employment and added prosperity to our regions,” Dr Lynham said.
The overhaul is expected to last for 77 days.
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