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Genex powers ahead at Kidston despite tunnel trouble

Genex Power’s Kidston Pumped Hydro Project remains on track to fire up in the second half of 2024 despite an unexpected inflow of water pulling up tunnelling work.

Meanwhile the company is turning its attention to the next stage of the Kidston Clean Energy Hub, advancing development works for the Kidston Stage 3 Wind Project.

In its quarterly activities report, Genex said key work for the $777 million hydro project was focused on continued underground tunnelling and dam construction works.

Genex Power chief executive officer James Harding said the team had encountered an unexpected geological feature in the underground works late last month, resulting in a substantial inflow of water into the main access tunnel.

“…The team has successfully plugged the ingress and is working to restart tunnelling activities as soon as possible,” he said.

“The project remains within budget and on schedule for planned energisation in 2H CY24.

“Turning our attention to the next stage of the Kidston Clean Energy Hub, Genex and its joint venture partner J-POWER continued to advance development works for the Kidston Stage 3 Wind Project, which included collecting data to support modelling of the wind resource at the site and engagement with wind turbine suppliers and contractors.

“The project continues to progress in accordance with its development timeline, targeting a final investment decision in 2H CY23.”

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Mr Harding has also highlighted the recent milestone of a major delivery of parts to North Queensland for project construction.

ANDRITZ is supplying the electro-mechanical equipment for the pumped storage hydro elements of the project.

Some of the parts delivered into the Port of Townsville include stay rings, spiral case sections, draft tube liner sections, draft tube cones and draft tube gate frames for the embedment into the concrete structure of the powerhouse.

In total, the current transport comprises 35 trucks delivering the items from Townsville to the Kidston site.

ANDRITZ Hydro reports that the manufacturing of turbine components and generator components is underway, and the arrival of this equipment is planned by mid-2023.

Resources Minister and Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said it was exciting to see the first delivery for Genex Power’s Kidston project arrive in North Queensland.

“This is an exciting project for the region because pumped hydro is an important part of our Energy and Jobs plan moving forward,” he said.

“This project is already creating good jobs in Townsville and North Queensland.

“Not only will the Kidston project be a fantastic mix of solar and pumped hydro it also demonstrates innovative thinking by transforming an old mine site into an energy hub.”

IMAGE at top of page: Equipment for the Kidston build at Port of Townsville.

This article first appeared in Industry Queensland.

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