Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni has welcomed the return of unit B1 at Callide Power Station earlier today.
“After a tremendous effort involving more than 300 employees and contractors, at 4:30pm, unit B1 was turned back on and is now flowing reliable and firmed energy into the grid,” he said.
“This is an important first step in Callide Power Station’s recovery.
“Over the next 48 hours, the unit’s output will be safely and gradually ramped up to its full capacity.
“We made it clear from the beginning that the safety of the workforce comes first.
“We cannot and will not rush turning these units back on.
“The news that unit B1 is back online and operating safely is welcome to all of the workers at Callide and the community that supports them.
“We will continue to progressively bring back online the remaining functional units in a safe way.
“I thank everyone involved for getting B1 up and running safely and quickly.”