18 July, 2019 –
More than 400 jobs and a boost to the local economy will be an added bonus to a $90 million overhaul of the largest generating unit in Australia at CS Energy’s Kogan Creek Power Station, situated at Brigalow, in the Surat Basin between Dalby and Chinchilla.
The Palaszczuk Government is focused on regional jobs and building infrastructure. This includes ensuring the current infrastructure is in tip-top running condition and in the process generating employment opportunities.
Overhauls such as this provide short-term employment opportunities for people with the skills and expertise required – approximately 400 contractors are on site for the 77-day program of works, which runs until 27 September.
Principal overhaul contractors Downer Group, Siemens and Intertek are providing the majority of the workforce, including electricians, boiler makers, riggers, fitters, welders, scaffolders and crane drivers.
Locally-based contractors have also been engaged to undertake parts of the project works, including RiE Group, Healy Contracting and Day Break-Milne.
These contractors will work alongside Kogan Creek’s permanent workforce of 111 people.
This overhaul brings a real economic boost to the surrounding communities, both from the extra workers onsite and the flow-on benefits to local service industries, such as accommodation providers, caterers, and transport companies.
Kogan Creek’s last major overhaul was carried out in 2016. This latest overhaul includes a range of inspections, maintenance and upgrades of the power station equipment to ensure it continues to operate reliably, particularly over the summer peak demand period.
Queensland has ample power generation to meet electricity demand while Kogan Creek Power Station is offline for the overhaul.
This is essential work, being taken to ensure continuity and reliability of supply for Queensland and creating employment and added prosperity to our regions.