Kogan Creek Power Station’s major overhaul completed

CS Energy trade maintainer – mechanical Josh Cobbin working on the coal plant. Image courtesy CS Energy, image by Andrew Coates, Salt Studios
CS Energy trade maintainer – mechanical Josh Cobbin working on the coal plant. Image courtesy CS Energy, image by Andrew Coates, Salt Studios

CS Energy’s 750MW coal-fired Kogan Creek Power Station, near Chinchilla in South West Queensland, is back generating into the electricity grid following the completion of a major overhaul.

The overhaul was a 24-hour operation, with workers opening up the various components of the power station for inspections and maintenance and then closing them up again, ready for the plant to generate electricity back into the grid.

The major overhaul contractors were MHPS Plant Services, Siemens and Australian Laboratory Services. A number of Kogan Creek Power Station’s regular local suppliers also assisted with the overhaul, including Daybreak Equipment, Regional Instrumentation and Electrical Services, Chinchilla Fluid Power and Healy Contracting.

Kogan Creek general manager Phil Matha said the overhaul was an important investment in the future of Kogan Creek Power Station.

“Regular overhauls are essential for keeping power stations operating safely, reliably and efficiently,” Mr Matha said.

“When operating at peak capacity, Kogan Creek Power Station can generate enough electricity to power up to one million homes.”

More than 260,000 hours were worked on the overhaul, with the site workforce of CS Energy employees and contractors peaking at 515 people. Mr Matha said the hundreds of extra workers required on site for the overhaul would have provided flow-on benefits to the economies of towns near Kogan Creek Power Station.

“I’d like to acknowledge the local communities of Chinchilla and Dalby for hosting the extra workers in their towns for the overhaul, including helping us feed, accommodate and transport them to and from site,” Mr Matha said.