A $50 million overhaul is due to kick-off at Stanwell Power Station in Central Queensland next month, with an expected workforce of 600.
The two-month shutdown of one of the station’s four generating units will allow works including the plant’s four-yearly boiler statuary inspection, turbine HIP cover lift, turbine LP cover lift, generator rotor detailed inspection, and AVR and synchroniser replacement.
Major contractors include UGL, Siemens, DMH ABB, Protech, Temmco, Diamonds, ALS and Quest.
Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said about 450 specialist workers would be needed from outside the local region, including from interstate and overseas. They would undergo standard COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements, he said.
“Stanwell has also introduced extra COVID-safe measures including thermographic cameras to check people’s temperatures and extra cleaning of meeting rooms and lifts, as well as social distancing and hygiene campaigns aimed at workers,” Dr Lynham said.
“Overhauls are major projects that require specialist skills and workers, and all of those people coming while adhering to our health advice will need accommodation, meals and entertainment on their days off in Central Queensland.”
Capricorn Enterprise chief executive officer Mary Carrol said the work was ‘critically welcome’, with accommodation providers across the Capricorn region currently recording less than 10 per cent occupation.
“In a time where businesses are truly struggling, this economic boost to our region is just what we need,” she said.
“These contractors will stay in local hotels, buy food from local restaurants, spend their day off checking out the beauty our region has on offer from Rockhampton to the Capricorn Coast and Southern Great Barrier Reef.”
Work starts July 5 and is expected to run until September 5.