Dr Anthony Lynham


Jobs and renewables for North Queensland

hydro-solar project at Kidston, North Queensland

11 September, 2019 –

Work will start early next year on a multi-million dollar electrical infrastructure package to fire up hundreds of potential jobs in North Queensland renewable energy projects.

The Queensland Government is set to support Genex’s hydro-solar project at Kidston with up to $132 million, supporting 500 construction jobs.

Publicly-owned Powerlink will build a single circuit transmission line from Genex’s Kidston site to Mount Fox near Ingham, linking the hinterland to the National Electricity Market.

Detailed planning is expected to start soon, with work to start on site early next year after the wet season.

Building this breakthrough 186km transmission line and associated infrastructure will create 400 jobs over two years.

The Genex project itself will have a peak construction workforce of about 500 people per annum for the first two years, 250 in the final year and 30 permanent operational jobs.

Additionally, connecting 250MW of pumped hydro capacity will help make the North Queensland electricity network more reliable.

Our Powering North Queensland Plan is committed to investing in strategic transmission infrastructure to encourage renewable energy uptake in North and North West Queensland.

North and Far North Queensland currently have 1,700 megawatts of operational renewable energy generation capacity, and another 60 megawatts to begin exporting at the Kennedy Energy Park near Hughenden.

The Government is also investing:

  • $1.18 million for further feasibility work on the Copperstring proposal – a privately-owned electricity transmission line connecting Mount Isa and the North West Minerals Province’s processing and mining projects to the grid.
  • $16 million to progress to the detailed business case for raising the Burdekin Falls Dam wall as part of the next stage of the Burdekin Hydro project.

Other potential projects in early stages of development include:

  • Equis’ solar farm near Collinsville North
  • Infigen’s solar farm near Bowen
  • Pacific Hydro’s Haughton Solar Farm Stage 2.