October 24, 2019
The $29.9 million overhaul of Unit 4 at Tarong Power Station currently under way will provide an economic boost to the local region, Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said on Thursday.
Dr Lynham said the extra workers on site would provide flow-on benefits to the local accommodation, hospitality and transport industries.
“The extra workers include electricians, boilermakers, riggers, fitters, welders and scaffolders, many of whom are local sub-contractors,” he said.
Tarong Power Station site manager Brad Perry said overhauls were major logistical exercises that involved careful planning and preparation.
“Power station overhauls are large-scale engineering projects that maintain the reliability, efficiency and safety of electricity generation units and are typically carried out every four years,” Mr Perry said.
“The works includes inspections, maintenance, refurbishment and replacement of plant and equipment to maintain the reliability, efficiency and safety of electricity generation units now and into the future.
“The overhaul will ensure that Tarong Power Station maintains the required level of reliability to support Queensland’s system security requirements, particularly over the summer peak demand period.”
Dr Lynham said the shutdown would not affect electricity security with sufficient capacity available to meet increased electricity demand over the next two months.
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