Powerlink and Genex Power have signed an agreement to progress Stage 2 of the $1 billion Kidston Hydro-Solar Project.
Stage 2 would see the 250MW Kidston Pumped Hydro Project and the 270MW Kidston Solar Project proceed at the site of the former Kidston gold mine in North Queensland
The 50MW Kidston Stage 1 solar farm is already under construction, financially supported by the Palaszczuk Government’s Solar 150 program.
Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said the two stages would support up to 500 construction jobs and 18 operational positions.
The Heads of Agreement on Stage 2 allows Powerlink to commence early project works including a targeted environmental study, design works, and further engagement with landholders and stakeholders about the transmission line route for the project.
Genex managing director Michael Addison said he was pleased to have finalised this vital element of the project.
“The proposed work on the transmission corridor is key to connecting our project to the national electricity grid,” Mr Addison said.
“We maintain an excellent relationship with Powerlink and are delighted to be working with them towards meeting our power transmission requirements.”