Power station renovation drives regional jobs

A $90 million investment to overhaul Kogan Creek Power Station will create 400 jobs over the course of two and a half months.

Located near Chinchilla in Queensland, the coal-fired power station is owned by CS Energy and has a capacity of 750 MW.

Jobs created include positions for electricians, boiler makers, riggers, fitters, welders, scaffolders and crane drivers.

The power station’s renovation is being led by contractors Downer Group, Siemens and Intertek who will provide the employees for the duration of the project.

While shut down, the power station will be inspected and maintenance and upgrades will be carried out in time for the summer peak demand period.

According to Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham, projects such as these provide a boost for local tradespeople and retains a skill base relevant to manufacturing enterprises.

“Overhauls provide short-term employment opportunities for people with the skills and expertise required to undertake maintenance and upgrades to the power station,” said Lynham.

In addition to the workers from international contractors, local subcontractors will be involved in the works carried out on the power station.

“Locally-based contractors also have been engaged to undertake parts of the project works including RiE Group, Healy Contracting and Day Break-Milne,” said Lynham.

The last time the power stations was overhauled was in 2016.

The station was built in 2007 and is one of Australia’s most efficient and technically advanced coal-fired power stations, according to owners CS Energy.

The nearby Kogan Creek Mine supplies the black coal that is used to run the power station. Operated by Golding Contractors, the mine supplies in excess of two million tonnes of coal to the power station per annum.

“The Palaszczuk Government is focused on regional jobs and building infrastructure and this includes ensuring the current infrastructure is in tip-top running condition and in the process generating employments opportunities,” said Lynham.