A $29.9 million overhaul of Tarong Power Station will ensure secure, reliable electricity and jobs for the South Burnett region.
The overhaul, underway now, is part of regular maintenance works with a peak force of 500, including contractors and the station’s permanent workforce,” Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said.
“Overhauls at Tarong Power Station bring a real economic boost to the South Burnett region, from the extra workers on site and the flow-on benefits to local service accommodation, hospitality and transport industries.
“Overhauls provide short-term employment opportunities for people with the skills and expertise required to undertake maintenance and upgrades to the power station.
“The extra workers include electricians, boilermakers, riggers, fitters, welders and scaffolders, many of whom are local subcontractors.”
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.”
The outage will not impact electricity security with sufficient electricity capacity available to meet increased electricity demand over the next two months.