Lo­cal econ­omy boosted through up­grade

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

ABOUT $4 mil­lion will be boosted into the re­gion, through the flow-on ef­fects of an up­grade at Cal­lide Power Sta­tion.

A $49 mil­lion over­haul and main­te­nance pro­gram kicked off over the week­end, and En­ergy Min­is­ter Dr An­thony Lyn­ham said ap­prox­i­mately 370 con­trac­tors would be on site for the ma­jor pro­gram of works, which will run un­til early De­cem­ber.

“CS En­ergy’s over­hauls pro­vide short-term em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple with the skills and ex­per­tise re­quired to un­der­take main­te­nance and up­grades to the power sta­tion,” Dr Lyn­ham said.

“The con­trac­tors will work along­side the power sta­tion’s per­ma­nent work­force and are be­ing ac­com­mo­dated at mo­tels and car­a­van parks in Biloela, bring­ing $4 mil­lion in flow-on eco­nomic ben­e­fits to the re­gion.”

The bulk of the 70-day pro­gram of works will be on the 350-megawatt Unit B2 and there will be a short 10-day mini-over­haul of the 405-megawatt Unit C3 in the same pe­riod.

“Reg­u­lar over­hauls are re­quired to keep power sta­tions run­ning safely, re­li­ably and ef­fi­ciently, par­tic­u­larly over the up­com­ing sum­mer peak de­mand pe­riod,” Dr Lyn­ham said.

“While the works are un­der way, Cal­lide Power Sta­tion’s re­main­ing gen­er­at­ing units will con­tinue pro­vid­ing re­li­able baseload elec­tric­ity into the grid.”

Cal­lide Power Sta­tion is com­prised of two power plants, Cal­lide B and C, each with two gen­er­at­ing units, and has a per­ma­nent work­force of 230 peo­ple.

PHOTO: DEAN WHITLING

UP­GRADE: Cal­lide Power Sta­tion.

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