Callide Power Station to get makeover, extra 300 hired for project

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According to a statement by the Queensland government, CS Energy’s Callide Power Station will get a $48.5 million overhaul bringing more than 300 extra workers to the site and flow-on economic benefits to Central Queensland.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said initial works on the 56-day major overhaul of Unit C4 at CS Energy’s Callide C Power Station near Biloela start on Saturday, with major works commencing next week.

“Approximately 320 contractors will be working at the power station over the next two months from the major overhaul contractor Lendlease, following a major recruitment campaign in Queensland earlier this year,” Mr Pitt said.

“I’m pleased to say approximately 32 percent of Lendlease’s workforce have been hired from the local Central Queensland area and 80 percent of the workforce will be made up of Queenslanders.

“The extra workers include fitters, welders, scaffolders, rigger, electricians, boilermakers and crane drivers.

“Accommodating, transporting and feeding the overhaul contractors provides a real boost to local service industries such as accommodation providers, caterers and transport companies.”

Other contractors working on the overhaul include Star Precision Electrical from Biloela and Toshiba, Howdens, Varleys, Brand and Intertek.

The overhaul contractors will work alongside Callide Power Station’s permanent workforce of 205 people.

Mr Pitt said Callide C is part of Queensland’s fleet of modern, supercritical coal-fired power stations, which provide baseload electricity to the National Electricity Market.

“Supercritical coal-fired power stations like Callide C will play a central role in Queensland’s energy mix over the long-term, even as the economy transitions to a renewable energy future,” Mr Pitt said.