A $48.5 million overhaul of one of the generating units at CS Energy’s Callide Power Station is complete.
iQ Industry Queensland has a photo-spread of the work which can be downloaded here.
The generator upgrade is one of the actions under the recently announced Summer Preparedness Plan to maximise generation availability.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the 405MW Unit C4 at Callide Power Station was now generating electricity into the grid again after being offline for the two-month overhaul.
“Unit C4 is one of four generating units at Callide Power Station, which has a total capacity of 1510MW, which is enough to power two million homes,” Mr Pitt said.
“Approximately 320 extra workers were brought to the site during the 56-day overhaul which included a range of inspections, repairs and refurbishments to keep Unit C4 operating safety and reliably into the future.
“Areas of the plant that were overhauled included the C4 boiler, turbine rotor, air heaters, generator circuit breaker and submerged chain conveyor.”
Energy Minister Mark Bailey said Lendlease undertook the major overhaul with workers including fitters, welders, scaffolders, riggers, electricians, boilermakers and crane drivers.
“More than 30 per cent of Lendlease’s workforce was hired from Central Queensland and 80 per cent of the workforce was made up of Queenslanders,” Mr Bailey said.
“Other contractors working on the overhaul included Star Precision Electrical from Biloela and Toshiba, MHPS, Howdens, Varleys, Brand and Intertek.
“Accommodating, transporting and feeding the overhaul contractors provided a real boost to local service industries such as accommodation providers, caterers and transport companies.
“The overhaul contractors worked alongside Callide Power Station’s permanent workforce of 205 people.
“I would like to thank our employees and contractors for putting in a huge effort on this overhaul.”
Callide Power Station is comprised of two power plants, Callide B and C, each with two generating units, and has a permanent workforce of 205 people.
CS Energy owns 100 percent of Callide B and owns Callide C in a 50/50 joint venture arrangement with InterGen.