A $53 million dollar maintenance program is underway at Stanwell Power Station to keep it ticking over reliably.
The overhaul of the Central Queensland plant, the second largest in the state, started in late June and will be completed by early September.
It’s scheduled to avoid Queensland’s peak electricity demand period in summer.
Queensland Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the 77-day program included an overhaul of one of the station’s four 365MW generation units, that together can generate up to 1460MW of electricity.
“Stanwell plays a critical role in providing Queenslanders with secure baseload generation as we transition to a lower carbon future,” Dr Lynham said.
“Queensland has Australia’s youngest, most efficient and most reliable coal-fired power stations, and regular maintenance is part of keeping up that performance level.
“While new energy technologies such as renewable generation from solar and wind are entering the market, coal-fired power stations such as Stanwell Power Station still provide much of the electricity to Queensland homes, business and industry.”
Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke welcomed the project’s input into the local economy.
“Importantly for Rockhampton, the overhaul will inject $11 million into the local economy, including with accommodation providers and maintenance contractors,” he said.
The program includes thorough inspection and maintenance and coincides with other critical projects, including a condenser re-tube and an upgrade of the power station’s control system.
Stanwell Power Station site manager James Oliver said the control system was critical in ensuring the highly-automated power station continued to operate safely, efficiently and reliably.
“The current control system is nearing the end of its operational life and it is anticipated this upgrade will extend its life by approximately 15 years,” Mr Oliver said.
“The safety of our people and contractors is always our top priority and overhauls are no exception.”