Genex Power has entered into a lease option agreement to use the Oaks Rush Resort at Kidston to accommodate workers during the construction phase of the company’s 50MW PV solar project near Georgetown in North Queensland.
Genex said it planned to upgrade the Oaks Rush site into suitable accommodation to house up to 70 workers who would be engaged in the construction phase of the solar project, be built on the tailings storage facility of the old Kidston gold mine.
The company in June appointed UGL as its preferred contractor to build and operate the 50MW solar project and AECOM was appointed as owner’s engineer.
The Oaks Rush resort was previously utilised as an on-site accommodation facility by Placer Dome during its operation of the former Kidston Gold Mine, at times housing more than 300 mineworkers.
The Kidston 50MW PV Solar Project is the first phase in the proposed $580 million Kidston Renewable Energy Hub, which also includes plans for a 330MW pumped storage hydroelectric scheme at the former Kidston gold mine.
“Securing the Oaks Rush facility is another key step in ensuring that Genex has in place all necessary infrastructure for the construction phases of its projects,” Genex managing director Michael Addison said.
“Genex has established a strong relationship with the owner of Oaks Rush and looks forward to continuing these strong ties with the local community as the