Merinda rooms on the move as Kidston gears up
Queensland-based Exacto Projects has the contract to upgrade the existing ‘Oaks Rush Outback Resort’ at Kidston to handle the influx of construction FIFO workers.
The company is bringing in extra units from Ausco’s Stayover facility at Merinda in addition to refurbishing the existing facilities near the Kidston site, about 270km north-west of Townsville.
Genex Power this week issued notice to proceed on the major construction contracts for the $777 million Kidston hydro build.
Expected to be completed by 2024, the project will repurpose pits from the old Kidston gold mine into a 250 MW / 2000 MWh pumped hydro power station, creating about 500 construction jobs along the way.
Exacto Projects managing director Louis Jordaan said the company would be refurbishing 109 buildings containing 436 rooms at Merinda.
“They have been standing idle for a while, so we’re fixing up what we need to fix and cleaning them up before we take them out,” Mr Jordaan said.
The first 100 rooms were being shifted out by Ausco for relocation at the Genex project towards the end of May, he said.
The Oaks Rush Outback Resort site is being prepared to accommodate about 450 construction workers and staff.
Exacto has been tasked with refurbishing the main facilities building, which will include a new kitchen fit-out by National Kitchen Equipment, new dining areas and amenities.
The contract will also see them upgrade and extend the existing external entertainment areas, including new BBQ shade areas and covered walkways.
The company will also refurbish the existing free weight gym, tennis and basketball courts, as well as constructing new linen storage buildings..
The scope of works also includes renovating existing accommodation units, demolishing redundant buildings and completing about 1400m of covered walkways.
Exacto Projects was also involved with Genex Power’s 50MW solar project at the Kidston site, constructing all inverter foundations as well as the substation and reactor yard.
“We also designed and constructed the operation and maintenance buildings, and supplied 80 construction workers including 20 electricians, 20 tradesman, and 40 trades assistants covering all aspects of the solar farm construction,” Mr Jordaan said.
The Kidston solar project has been feeding power into the National Electricity Market since late 2017.
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