Major Callide Power Station overhaul underway

Callide Power Station

A massive $48.5 million overhaul at CS Energy’s Callide Power Station near Biloela started over the weekend, 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 started on Saturday, with major works commencing this 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 per cent of Lendlease’s workforce have been hired from the local central Queensland area and 80 per cent of the workforce will be made up of Queenslanders.”

Mr Pitt said Callide C is part of Queensland’s fleet of modern, supercritical coal-fired power stations that 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,” he said.

Callide C was the first supercritical power station built in Australia and has one of the lowest greenhouse gas emissions intensities for any coal-fired power station in the country.

“The Callide C4 generating unit was last overhauled in 2015, so these works will keep it operating in peak condition into the future, providing reliable electricity for Queensland.”

Callide Power Station is comprised of two operating power plants, Callide B and C.