Construction is continuing on an $850 million renewable energy development in Queensland’s Western Downs region.
Almost 50 of the 123 wind turbines have been connected to the National Electricity Market at AGL’s Coopers Gap Wind Farm, 250 km northwest of Brisbane.
One of nation’s largest wind farms
Turbines are 180 meters high and have blades measuring 67 metres long. The broader project will have a total capacity of 453 megawatts, making it one of the nation’s largest wind farms capable of powering up to 264,000 homes through a new 275-kilovolt substation, built and run by the government-funded Powerlink.
“Work is well underway to get all 123 planned turbines up and running early next year, which is bringing $850 million of investment, 200 construction jobs, and up to 20 ongoing operational jobs to the region,” Queensland Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said in a public statement.
Multiple positions vacant
General Electric and Civil & Allied Technical Construction (CATCON) are the head contractors, and CATCON is preparing to hire a range of experienced workers for the project.
The many job opportunities include civil construction plant operators who have experience in using excavators, loaders, dump trucks and rollers.
“We will shortly have a range of positions available for experienced plant operators especially for local residents,” CATCON said on the job ad. “Please submit your details to be considered for one of the positions.”
Applicants must hold a current construction induction card, demonstrate previous experience in civil and road preparation and construction, and provide two contactable referees.
Successful applicants must complete site specific inductions and a mandatory pre-employment medical including drug and alcohol testing.
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Big investment in local business
AGL general manager development and construction Dave Johnson confirmed a lot of money has been spent on local procurement activity.
“A significant proportion of the investment in this project from AGL and the Powering Australian Renewables Fund has been spent with local businesses and contractors,” Johnson said in a public statement.
The project is one of more than $5 billion worth across the state, employing a total of 4500 construction workers in regional areas.