A massive $31 million overhaul of the Callide B Power Station, approved by the Queensland Government, will see 350 direct jobs created in the region.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the $31 million investment would bring enormous flow-on economic benefits to Central Queensland.
“We promised to be a government that delivers jobs, a government that invests in our regions and we’re able to deliver on this election commitment because we’re the government that saved Queensland’s assets from an LNP fire sale,” Mr Pitt said.
“In July this year state-owned electricity generator CS Energy Limited will commence a major service of Unit 1 of the Callide B Power Station.”
“These works will bring great flow-on economic benefits to Central Queensland, helping to sustain many more jobs through service suppliers.
“This includes accommodation providers, caterers, transport companies and many more in the region.”
The overhaul is expected to start on July 30, and will take about two months.
Minister for Energy Mark Bailey said the investment was critical to continuing Queensland’s reliable electricity supply.
“The Palaszczuk Government is determinedly moving Queensland towards obtaining more of its power from renewable energy sources,” Mr Bailey said.
“But as we move to a cleaner and greener future, it is critical that baseload generators like Callide B Power Station are well maintained to provide security of electricity supply for Queensland.
“Callide Power Station is comprised of two operating power plants, Callide B and C.
“When operating at full capacity the Callide Power Station produces 1,510 megawatts of electricity which is enough to power approximately two million homes. Callide B alone has two generating units, each with a capacity of 350 megawatts.”
The Callide Power Station is situated 18 kilometres east of Biloela in Central Queensland.
It supplies baseload electricity to Australia’s national electricity market.