Power station overhaul
Contractor strike at Callide Power Station won’t delay $49m upgrade
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.
SHUT DOWN: A two-day strike failed to disrupt the Callide Power Station’s $49 million overhaul.