Power sta­tion over­haul

Con­trac­tor strike at Cal­lide Power Sta­tion won’t delay $49m up­grade

Central Telegraph - - NEWS - Macken­zie Colahan Macken­zie.Colahan@cnbtimes.com.au

A MA­JOR main­te­nance project at the Cal­lide Power Sta­tion is on track, de­spite a two-day strike taken by some em­ploy­ees of prin­ci­pal over­haul con­trac­tor Mitsubishi Hi­tachi Power Sys­tems.

The $49 mil­lion up­grade has pro­vided jobs for 370 con­trac­tors in­clud­ing electricians, boiler mak­ers, rig­gers, fit­ters, welders, scaf­fold­ers and crane driv­ers.

Con­trac­tors are work­ing along­side the power sta­tion’s per­ma­nent work­force and are be­ing ac­com­mo­dated at mo­tels and car­a­van parks around Biloela, de­liv­er­ing an es­ti­mated $4 mil­lion in flow-on ben­e­fits.

This week, mem­bers of MHPS’s con­trac­tor work­force at Cal­lide Power Sta­tion, Qld Alu­mina Lim­ited in Glad­stone and Qld Ni­trates at Moura took 48-hour in­dus­trial ac­tion.

CS En­ergy ex­ec­u­tive gen­eral man­ager of as­set man­age­ment, Colin Duck, said the in­dus­trial ac­tion was a mat­ter be­tween MHPS and their work­force.

“MHPS is cur­rently ne­go­ti­at­ing a new en­ter­prise agree­ment with their work­ers across Aus­tralia,” Mr Duck said.

“As al­lowed un­der leg­is­la­tion, pro­tected in­dus­trial ac­tion is able to be taken dur­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tion process.

“We planned ahead to min­imise the im­pact on the over­haul.

“We re­spect the rights of MHPS work­ers to take pro­tected ac­tion, how­ever we urge MHPS and their work­ers to reach a speedy resolution on their new en­ter­prise agree­ment.”

Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Mines and En­ergy Min­is­ter Dr An­thony Lyn­ham, said Queens­land had sur­plus gen­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity – more than enough to cover the es­sen­tial over­hauls and main­te­nance.

“Gov­ern­ment is fo­cused on em­ploy­ment – no more so than in the en­ergy field and in re­gional Queens­land,’’ Dr Lyn­ham said.

“This is es­sen­tial work, be­ing taken to en­sure con­ti­nu­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity of sup­ply for Queens­land and cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment and added pros­per­ity to our re­gions.”

Mr Duck said CS En­ergy’s in­vest­ment in over­hauls and main­te­nance re­flected its com­mit­ment to the safe, re­li­able and ef­fi­cient oper­a­tion of its power sta­tions.

“Just like a car or any ma­jor piece of ma­chin­ery, power sta­tions need reg­u­lar main­te­nance to keep them op­er­at­ing in peak con­di­tion,” he said.

“The over­hauls in­clude in­spec­tions, main­te­nance and up­grade of power sta­tion equip­ment to en­sure they run re­li­ably over the sum­mer peak de­mand pe­riod.”

Work is sched­uled for com­ple­tion on De­cem­ber 7.

PHOTO: CS EN­ERGY

SHUT DOWN: A two-day strike failed to dis­rupt the Cal­lide Power Sta­tion’s $49 mil­lion over­haul.

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