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Stage 2 of QLD's Kidston Hydro-Solar Project to support 500 jobs

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Posted by Monica Gameng

A Heads of Agreement between Queensland Government-owned Powerlink and Genex Power Limited has been signed to progress Stage 2 of the Kidston Hydro-Solar Project, taking the project one step closer to construction.

“This agreement is a significant milestone in the delivery of one of Queensland’s largest renewable projects – the Kidston Hydro-Solar Project.

“The huge stage two of the Kidston Hydro-Solar Project comprises the 250MW Kidston Pumped Hydro Project and the 270MW Kidston Solar Project at the site of the former Kidston Gold Mine in North Queensland,” Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said.

Ms O’Rourke added that this project follows the 50MW Kidston Solar Farm Stage 1 – currently under construction – which is financially supported by the State Government’s Solar 150 program.

Stage 1 of the project will involve approximately 100 construction jobs, with Stage 2 bringing the count to 500 construction jobs as well as 18 operational positions once the project is completed. The Kidston Hydro-Solar Project is located approximately 270 kilometres north-west of Townsville.

kidston-renewable-energy-hub_4_orig.jpgThe Kidston Renewable Energy Hub (source: Genex Power)

According to Treasurer and Acting Energy Minister Curtis Pitt, this announcement highlights the Queensland Government’s commitment to generate 50 per cent of the State’s electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030.

“The Heads of Agreement announced [yesterday] brings this project one step closer to construction and allows Powerlink to commence early project works including a targeted environmental study, design works, and further engagement with landholders and stakeholders about the transmission line route required for the project,” Mr Pitt said.

State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said that the announcement of the agreement follows the project receiving critical infrastructure status from the State Government.

“This is about supporting a project that will help deliver a reliable renewable energy source and support hundreds of jobs,” Dr Lynham said.

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Source: Queensland Government

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

As PlantMiner's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1000 posts. She truly is an industry expert. Monica's passion for educating and inspiring readers saw the PlantMiner blog recognised by Feedspot as one of the Best Australian Construction Blogs in 2018 and 2019. PlantMiner is Australia's largest online construction marketplace. Sign up as a vendor to find and engage with civil and commercial contractors across Australia. Alternatively, if you're looking for plant and equipment you can compare equipment and subcontractor quotes from vendors near you in just a few steps.