Watching for jobs at the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub – North Queensland

Watching for jobs at the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub – North Queensland

In the ‘Watching for jobs …….’ series we are going to be running over Australian Mining and Construction projects all over the country.  In each post we will include an Overview of the project, a Location Profile, the Companies involved, the Occupations required, the skills / qualifications that will help you to get your foot in the door and the Enterprise Bargaining Agreements.  This will help you to stay in the loop and know how to skill up where needed.  The aim is to help you get yourself into the best position to land a start on the major sites and projects around Australia.

About the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub Project

From the Genex Power website and Australian Renewable Energy Agency website

The Kidston Solar / Pumped Storage project is located in Northern Queensland on the site of the historical Kidston Gold Mine. The site is situated some 270km north west of Townsville near the township of Georgetown.

The Kidston Project will be the first in the world to use two disused mine pits for hydroelectric power generation. The use of existing infrastructure from the old mining operation is also expected to significantly lower construction costs. Knowledge gained from this project may be used at other mine sites to generate and store renewable energy.

Like other hydroelectric power plants, the facility will offer rapid response grid “blackstart” capabilities, helping to restart other generators and the electricity grid within seconds in the event of network shutdown.

Genex estimated the power facility will cost $282 milion and aims to commence construction in 2017, with first year of operation scheduled for 2019.

Kidston Solar Stage 1 (K1 Solar) – Project complete and operating.

  • 50MW Solar farm
  • ​Powering ~26,484 Australian homes
  • First energisation occurred in November 2017,

Kidston Solar Stage 2 (K2S)

  • 270MW Solar farm
  • Powering ~143,000 Australian homes
  • Preferred contractor fro EPC contract selected

Kidston Hyrdo Stage 2 (K2H)

  • 250MW for 8 hours
  • K2H is the flagship project of the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub, located in Kidston, Far-North Queensland (270km NW of Townsville).
  • The Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project will utilise the two existing mining pits (Wises and Eldridge) as the upper and lower reservoirs for the project to minimise construction time and cost.
  • Ramp up time ~ less than 30 seconds
  • Preferred contractor fro EPC contract selected


Occupations Required at the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub Project

It is still really early days for this project, but a construction job like this will usually require:

  • Electrical Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Building Trades/Formworkers
  • Steelfixers/Concretors
  • Scaffolding
  • Rigging
  • Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Driver
  • Crane Operators
  • Labourer / Trades Assistant
  • Metal Trades
  • Labourers / Trades Assistants /
  • Peggy’s /Cleaning Staff
  • Health & Safety
  • Supervisors


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub Project

Companies Involved with the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub Project


Interstate Licence Recognition

A helpful tool to finding out whether your trade qualification needs mutual recognition when working interstate.
Check out the Cribhut Daily post – Thinking about Working Interstate – Licence Recognition

Kidston Renewable Energy Hub Project Union Greenfields Enterprise Bargaining Agreements

An Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) is a collective industrial agreement between either an employer and a trade union acting on behalf of employees or an employer and employees acting for themselves.

At this stage of the project no EBA’s are available for the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub project.  As any EBA’s are released they will be updated into this article.

Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide.  Like most things in life, there are no guarantees.  Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.

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