Hiring underway for Swanbank E power station

Swanbank power station

The Queensland Government has started recruiting staff to restart the Swanbank E gas-fired power station, near Ipswich.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told State Parliament this week the 385MW Swanbank E power station, which was mothballed in 2014, would fire up again by the end of the year as part of the government’s $1.16 billion energy plan.

“Restarting Swanbank E and bringing more supply to market is a key priority under our Powering Queensland Plan, following failures of the National Electricity Market,” she said.

The Premier said Stanwell had also begun recruiting for 16 new jobs that will be created as part of the power station’s return to operation.

“New employees are expected to be in place by mid-September 2017,” she said.

“The power station will undergo a test run and commissioning, scheduled for November through December with the intent to be fully operational on or before January 1, 2018.”

Treasurer and Acting Minister for Energy Curtis Pitt said firing Swanbank E up again was necessary after the extreme record heat waves and a lack of federal energy certainty.

“We can’t control the weather but we can take action now to bring the state-owned Swanbank E gas-fired power station back online in time for the summer months,” he said.

“It is expected that the potential impacts of bringing this additional capacity online in the first quarter of 2018 is likely to reduce the price volatility in the electricity market during this period.”