Jun 12, 2020

Callide power plant ready for $60m overhaul

Callide power plant ready for $60m overhaul

A $60 million overhaul starts at CS Energy’s Callide Power Station next week, creating work for about 140 Queensland contractors and $6 million in flow-on benefits to Biloela.

Downer is acting as major contractor for the project, set to run from June 20 to November 30.

Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the overhaul of two of Callide’s four units would also bring up to 60 specialist interstate contractors to Biloela under strict hygiene and safety measures.

“The overhaul will create jobs for electricians, boilermakers, riggers, fitters, welders, scaffolders and crane drivers as well as interstate specialist weld testers and generator circuit breaker technicians,” Dr Lynham said.

“The overhaul workforce will take up rooms in our local accommodation across the Banana Shire, eat in local restaurants and spend their days off relaxing and supporting cafes, restaurants, pubs, clubs and other businesses.”

The overhaul timeframe has been extended to accommodate COVID-safe measures like social distancing.

The shutdown works include a major overhaul of the Callide B1 generating unit, with a budget of $43.5 million. The project will also incorporate a mini overhaul of Callide C4, with a budget of $16.05 million, running from August 8 to September 12.

While the overhauls are underway, the power station’s two remaining units will continue to generate electricity.

Dr Lynham said the overhauls would be completed by the end of November so Callide Power Station was in prime condition ready for summer peak energy demand.