It’s official – lift-off for Kidston construction
Building the 250MW/2000MWh pumped storage hydro project as well as the electricity infrastructure required to connect it to the grid is tipped to deliver more than 800 new jobs in North Queensland.
The company today issued notice to proceed under the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract with a joint venture of McConnell Dowell and John Holland Group.
The EPC scope includes dam construction, underground and waterway civil works and the full powerhouse fit-out, including supply and installation of all electromechanical equipment.
It has also issued notice to proceed under a design and construct contract with Beon for a new substation at Kidston to connect into the Powerlink transmission line, and new 275kV transmission infrastructure to connect from the substation to the project works.
This formally kicks off construction on the project, which is expected to take almost four years to complete.
“I am delighted to have today formally commenced construction of our flagship Kidston pumped storage hydro project, with the issuance of notice to proceed to McConnell Dowell – John Holland joint venture for the construction of the pumped storage hydro plant and dam infrastructure, and to Beon for the ancillary surface connection works at Kidston,” Genex chief executive officer James Harding said.
“With activity steadily ramping up at site, Genex is now firmly focused on the delivery of this project through the construction phase, with commissioning and operations to commence in late 2024.”
Work already underway on site includes refurbishment works for the Oaks Rush accommodation village, which is being used as the project construction camp, and airstrip upgrades to allow fly-in fly-out operations for the project workforce.
Other early works include communications infrastructure upgrades and the start of work on the fresh water supply line from the Copperfield Dam.
Genex also recently issued notice to proceed to Powerlink to enable work to commence on development on the new 186km 275kV transmission line from Kidston to a new switching station to be constructed at Mount Fox.
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