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Hiring spree begins at $610M North Qld project

McConnell Dowell
McConnell Dowell

Two construction companies need to fill several job vacancies at a new $610 million development in North Queensland’s Etheridge Shire.

A joint venture between McConnell Dowell and John Holland has begun hiring hundreds of workers at Genex Power’s Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project in Einasleigh, 382km west of Cairns.

Hiring now

The following permanent full-time positions have been advertised:

  • underground tunnelling specialists (multiple positions)
  • mechanical fitters (multiple)
  • jumbo operators (multiple)
  • crane operators (multiple)
  • plant operators (multiple)
  • form workers (multiple)
  • boilermakers (multiple)
  • electricians (multiple)
  • scaffolders (multiple)
  • labourers (multiple)
  • riggers (multiple).

Click here to apply. Successful applicants will be offered a fly-in fly-out or drive-in drive-out roster of two weeks on and one week off. Full camp accommodation and meals will be provided.

Timeframes revealed

The project involves transforming the old Kidston Gold Mine into a new pumped storage hydro project. Other components include a 50 megawatt solar farm and 186km high-voltage transmission line, between the former Kidston Gold Mine site and Mount Fox. A new 275 kilovolt switching station will also be required at Mount Fox.

The JV confirmed the following project timeframes:

  • June to November 2021: Detailed engineering and design plus procurement
  • September 2021 to April 2023: Tunnelling, raise bore activities and dam construction
  • April 2023 to August 2024: Powerhouse construction and fit out
  • September to October 2024: Commissioning.

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