Kogan Creek coal power station gets massive overhaul

FCAS, Kogan Creek Power Station
CS Energy's Kogan Creek Power Station

The largest generating unit in Australia at CS Energy’s Kogan Creek Power Station in Brigalow, Queensland is getting a $90 million overhaul.

Queensland Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said approximately 400 contractors would be on site for the 77-day program of works, which run until September 27.

He said principal overhaul contractors Downer Group, Siemens and Intertek were providing the majority of the workforce including electricians, boiler makers, riggers, fitters, welders, scaffolders and crane drivers.

“Locally-based contractors also have been engaged to undertake parts of the project works including RiE Group, Healy Contracting and Day Break-Milne,” Dr Lynham said.

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“Local arms of other national and international businesses are also involved, such as Veolia, Amalgamated, Enzed and Rexroth.

“These contractors will work alongside Kogan Creek’s permanent workforce of 111 people.”

Kogan Creek’s last major overhaul was carried out in 2016. This overhaul will include a range of inspections, maintenance and upgrades of the power station equipment to ensure it continues to operate reliably, particularly over the summer peak demand period.

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Dr Lynham said Queensland had ample power generation to meet electricity demand while Kogan Creek Power Station is offline for the overhaul.

“This is essential work, being taken to ensure continuity and reliability of supply for Queensland …” he said.

Kogan Creek Power Station commenced operations in 2007 and is one of the most efficient coal-fired power stations in the National Electricity Market. The power station features the largest single generating unit in Australia and water efficient dry cooling technology.

CS Energy also owns the neighbouring Kogan Creek Mine, which supplies black coal to the power station.