The State Government has secured gas supply and started recruiting staff to bring the Swanbank E power station, near Ipswich, back online.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told State Parliament today the 385MW plant, mothballed in 2014, would restart by the end of the year.
“Restarting Swanbank E and bringing more supply to market is a key priority under our $1.16 billion Powering Queensland Plan, following failures of the National Electricity Market,” she said.
Ms Palaszczuk said Stanwell had also begun recruiting for 16 jobs that would be created as part of the power station’s return to operation.
“New employees are expected to be in place by mid-September 2017,” she said.
“The power station will undergo a test run and commissioning, scheduled for November through December with the intent to be fully operational on or before 1 January 2018.”
Treasurer and Acting Minister for Energy Curtis Pitt said firing Swanbank E up again was necessary after the extreme record heat waves and a lack of federal energy certainty under the Turnbull Government that had undermined industry investment and placed upward pressure on wholesale electricity prices.