UGL wins $150m contract to hook up Kidston to grid
The 186km line will stretch from the renewable energy project at the former Kidston gold mine to Mount Fox, where the new 275kV switching station will be located.
UGL is performing early works and mobilisation for the contract with its client, Powerlink, in support of the Kidston Clean Energy Hub.
“This project will deliver a transmission line and switching station to connect the Kidston Clean Energy Hub to the national electricity grid – a vital step in the provision of power to Queenslanders and businesses,” CIMIC Group executive chairman and chief executive officer Juan Santamaria said.
“The award follows UGL’sinvolvement with other critical power infrastructure projects in regional areas, including Queensland’s CopperString 2.0 and South Australia’s Hill to Hill project.”
Queensland Energy Minister Mick de Brenni said connecting the state’s first pumped hydro storage project in more than 40 years was ensuring the security of the network.
“Not only that, construction of the 186km transmission line alone will support 400 jobs and have impacts across the supply chain in communities like Ingham and Charters Towers,” he said.
A joint venture of McConnell Dowell and John Holland Group holds the major engineering, procurement and construction contract for delivery of the Kidston pumped storage hydro plant and dam infrastructure.
Beon holds the a design and construct contract for a new substation at Kidston to connect into the Powerlink transmission line.
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