Jul 30, 2016

Biloela power plant receives $31m tune-up

Biloela power plant receives $31m tune-up

A  $31 million maintenance shutdown kicks off this weekend on a generating unit at CS Energy’s Callide Power Station near Biloela.

Contractors have been mobilising on site in recent weeks in readiness for the overhaul of the 350 megawatt Unit B1, set to run from July 30 – September 16.

Callide Power Station general manager 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.

“This overhaul includes inspections and maintenance on a range of power station equipment such as the boiler, air heaters, ash conveyor systems, main steam pipe and generator circuit breaker,” Mr Powell said.

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.