Queensland’s publicly-owned power transmission company Powerlink is on the lookout for local businesses to help deliver the state’s newest transmission project that will supply renewable electricity to North Queensland.
The company, which will soon start work to deliver the grid connection for Genex’s Clean Energy Hub, will be hosting a virtual contractor briefing alongside principal contractor UGL on Monday, August 9 from 5.30pm to 7pm.
Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni invited businesses from Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook and Townsville regions to join the forum and ‘take advantage of the Government’s Buy Queensland procurement approach’.
“A key part of our COVID-19 economic recovery plan is Queensland Government investment in renewable energy and the local jobs that come with it,” Mr de Brenni said.
“For Genex’s Clean Energy Hub to safely and efficiently provide clean energy to the North, we’re looking for a range of trades and professions to support construction of the new transmission line.
“From road building to vegetation management, all the way down to snake bite training, it’s going to take entire towns to get these 340 towers off the ground to connect this 186km line from Mount Fox to Kidston.”
Powerlink CEO Paul Simshauser said Powerlink said the company was dedicated to maximising local employment and procurement opportunities for the Genex Kidston connection project ‘wherever possible’.
“With construction expected to begin in the first half of 2022, we are keen to start the conversation with local businesses on ways they could support the project,” Mr Simshauser added.
Local businesses looking to get involved in the Genex Kidston connection project can register to attend the virtual contractor briefing by visiting www.powerlink.com.au/genex.