UPDATE AS OF 5PM
Revised return to service dates have been provided to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) for three generating units at Callide Power Station following plant inspections this week.
CEO Andrew Bills said CS Energy’s first priority was safety as crews work to bring the three generating units back online after the plant incident on Unit C4 last week.
“There are currently 60 to 70 people working on site. Following risk assessments we will look to increase this as the week progresses,” Mr Bills said. “However, we will not rush this process – we are following our methodical safety procedures at every step.”
This afternoon CS Energy informed AEMO that Unit B1 will be returned to service on 11 June and B2 on 21 June. CS Energy owns 100 per cent of Callide B.
CS Energy owns Callide C in a 50/50 joint venture (JV) with InterGen. Callide Power Trading, which trades the output of Callide C on behalf of the JV, has informed AEMO that Unit C3 will return to service on 22 June.
There was no change made to the forecast return date for C4 of 12 months’ time.
Mr Bills, who is returning to Callide tomorrow, said it is CS Energy’s intention to rebuild Unit C4.
Through the JV arrangement with InterGen, CS Energy operates Callide C and provides several services to the JV, including maintenance services.
Callide Power Station has a permanent workforce of 260 people.