Kidston K2-Hydro early works commence

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Eldridge Pit – Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project, Queensland. Image: Genex Power

Genex Power has announced it has entered into an agreement with the Joint Venture of McConnell Dowell/John Holland (MDJH-JV) to immediately commence an early works programme on the 250MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project (K2-Hydro) at Genex’s Renewable Energy Hub at Kidston in North Queensland.

Pursuant to the agreement, the MDJH-JV will commence work on an agreed programme of works to accelerate the development of the project ahead of financial close, which remains on track for H1 2019.

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The early works programme will focus on work surrounding the hydraulic design and related activity for the hydro turbines, one of the longest lead times in the K2-Hydro construction programme, and will be followed by preliminary electrical design work and other project preparation activities.

CEO of Genex, James Harding said embarking on this early works programme with the MDJH-JV is a significant milestone for Genex.

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“… Genex continues to work closely with Powerlink, the Queensland State Government, NAIF, ARENA, EnergyAystralia, and other key stakeholders to finalise the remaining activities ahead of the financial close milestone,” Mr Harding said.

“The Kidston Pumped Hydro Project will play a vital role in facilitating and supporting the further penetration of renewable energy in the National Electricity market.”