FLOW-ON BENEFITS: Member for Rockhampton Barry O'Rourke is excited by the overhaul at Stanwell Power Station
FLOW-ON BENEFITS: Member for Rockhampton Barry O'Rourke is excited by the overhaul at Stanwell Power Station contributed

Overhaul under way for CQ power station

WITH Stanwell Power Station set to undergo a $54 million overhaul and maintenance works, 650 jobs and an estimated $10 million in flow-on economic benefits to Central Queensland will be delivered, Member for Rockhampton Barry O'Rourke says.

Mr O'Rourke said the works would provide more than 650 short-term employment opportunities for a range of specialists and trades as part of a 2019-20 state Budget commitment.

"The overhaul attracts contractors locally and from across Australia to fill a range of roles including welding and boilermaking, mechanical and electrical trades, technical engineering specialists, riggers, scaffolders and cleaners,'' he said.

"The upgrade is expected to provide $10 million in flow-on economic benefits to the Rockhampton region.

"The addition of this large, short-term workforce means money being spent every day in our region, supporting local businesses, including motels, transport and restaurants."


Stanwell Power Station. Images from the air - The big wet, Australia Day weekend around Rockhampton 2013.
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MAJOR ENERGY SUPPLIER: Stanwell Power Station from the air. Sharyn O'Neill ROK260113srains17

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the overhaul was necessary to keep the state-run power station running safely, reliably and efficiently.

"As well as the obvious economic benefits for our region, doing the work now will ensure work will be completed by early September, just in time to be up and running to meet Queensland's summer peak-demand period," she said.

Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said Stanwell had a critical role to play as the state transitioned to the Palaszczuk Government's renewable energy vision by providing dispatchable generation into the market and ensuring secure and reliable supply for all.

"Power station unit overhauls are a major undertaking that require specialised contractors to work with the Stanwell Power Station's permanent workforce of 182 employees," Dr Lynham said.

"The program will include completing an upgrade to the unit's control and protection systems, which will help ensure long-term reliability of the control system and provide enhanced automation and control of the plant.''

Stanwell has Queensland's second-biggest power station, providing up to 10 per cent of the state's total energy requirements. It will continue providing uninterrupted electricity supply into the grid while works are undertaken.

Work on the site began last Sunday.