Construction Starts to Connect Landmark Clean Energy project

Dec. 7, 2022
Construction has started on the US$ 295 million project to connect the landmark Kidston Clean Energy Hub to Powerlink’s transmission network.

Construction has started on a US$ 295 million project to connect the landmark Kidston Clean Energy Hub to Powerlink’s transmission network.

Powerlink has started work to deliver 186 km of new transmission line for Genex Power’s Kidston Clean Energy Hub and construct two new switching stations at Mount Fox and Kidston.

In a first for a transmission business in Australia, Powerlink sought the advice of the Gugu Badhun Aboriginal Corporation (GBAC) to nominate a name for the proposed switching station at Mount Fox. They selected the name Guybal Munjan Switching Station, which means ‘fire mountain’ in local language.

Paul Simshauser, chief executive, Powerlink, said that the Genex Kidston Connection Project marked the largest package of transmission construction works Powerlink had undertaken in eight years. 

“Off the back of the release of the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan, this project is set to support around 400 jobs and signals a further step towards Queensland achieving its new renewable energy target of 70% by 2032,” Mr Simshauser said.

“The start of construction follows comprehensive studies and engagement with landholders, the community and other stakeholders over a period of more than six years.

Simshauser further stated that in order to complete a range of preliminary project works, Powerlink had partnered with more than 20 local suppliers based in Ingham, Charters Towers, Townsville and Cairns to deliver contracts valued at nearly US$14 million. 

“It goes without saying that solid planning and engagement paves the way for the successful delivery of large-scale projects like this. We remain committed to proactively engaging with landholders, the community and other stakeholders throughout construction, with project commissioning expected in April 2024.”

James Harding, chief executive officer, Genex said that the Kidston Pumped Storage Project was Genex’s flagship project and the first of its kind to be developed in Australia in more than 40 years. 

“Genex and Powerlink have been working together since 2016 to facilitate the connection of this landmark project to the national electricity grid, which is now being realised through the development of the new high voltage transmission line between the Aurumfield Switching Station at Kidston and the Guybal Munjan Switching Station at Mount Fox,” said Mr. Harding.

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