Final preparations are underway at CS Energy’s Callide Power Station for a $31 million major overhaul of one of the power station’s generating units.
Contractors have been mobilising on site in recent weeks in readiness for the overhaul of the 350 megawatt Unit B1 from tomorrow (July 30) to September 16.
General Manager of Callide Power Station, Roy Powell, said more than 350 temporary contractors would be on site for the overhaul, in addition to the power station’s 205 permanent employees.
“The contractor workforce is being accommodated at different motels and camps in Biloela,” Mr Powell said.
“We expect that approximately $2 million will be spent on local accommodation services throughout the overhaul and there will be flow-on benefits to other service industries such as hospitality and retail.”
Most of the extra workers on site will be from the overhaul’s major contractor MHPS Plant Services. MHPS has a Gladstone Office and will be predominantly using workers from Central Queensland for the overhaul.
Other contractors working on the overhaul include Gladstone-based Central Queensland Inspection Services (part of the Intertek Group) and MHPS sub-contractors such as Highpoint Access and Rescue from Rockhampton and BLJ In Situ Solutions (Gladstone and Brisbane offices).
Mr Powell said regular overhauls ensured Callide’s generating units continued to provide safe, efficient and reliable electricity into the electricity grid.
While Unit B1 is offline and being overhauled, Callide Power Station’s other three generating units will continue to operate, providing reliable electricity to the national grid.