Genex says K2 Hydro on track for energisation in 2024

Aerial photo of Genex Power's Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project
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Genex Power says work on the 250MW/2,000MWh Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project (K2-Hydro) is progressing well, with the project on schedule for energisation in the second half of 2024.

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Genex’s works update said practical completion of the switchyard and Guybal Munjan substation had been achieved, while both Wises Dam and underground excavation works were on track for completion in the first half of 2024.

In addition to the substation works, Powerlink has continued to progress the 185km 275kV transmission line works with all of the towers in Zone 1 at Kidston erected to allow the commencement of conductor stringing from the Kidston end of the alignment.

Works continue with foundations, and tower assembly and erection for the remainder of the alignment.

Genex recently celebrated the milestone of completing the main access tunnel at K2 Hydro.

Genex CEO Craig Francis said said, “The completion of the realigned main access tunnel represents a major milestone for Genex and the Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project.

“We are extremely pleased with the way in which the Genex and EPC contractor teams responded to the water ingress event last year, completing the redesign and recommencing production with minimal delay. This has limited the time and cost impacts of the water ingress event on the overall project.

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“[This] milestone is extremely significant, as it enables Genex and its stakeholders to draw a line under one of the material outstanding risk items for the underground works. Importantly it moves us one step closer toward commencing the power station fit-out works ahead of energisation later in 2024.”

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