Power restored following Callide fire

Published Wednesday, 26 May, 2021 at 12:18 PM

Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement
The Honourable Mick de Brenni

Power has now been restored to all homes and businesses impacted by the incident at Callide C Power Station yesterday.

Energy Minister Mick de Brenni said the Australian Energy Market Operator was confident there would be sufficient supply to meet demand going forward.

“While we originally prepared for load shedding to occur across the state, I’m pleased to report this was not required last night,” the Minister said.

“The network is now stabilised, meaning Queenslanders can be confident in reliable supply.

“I thank them for their patience and understanding during this unprecedented event.”

Mr de Brenni said additional capacity from the Wivenhoe Pumped Hydroelectric Power Station and Swanbank E Power Station brought the system back into balance.

“What yesterday demonstrated was the important role our diversified, publicly-owned generators play in securing supply and stabilising the network,” he said.

“When Callide C went down, we were able to boost both Wivenhoe and Swanbank E to help fill the deficit.

“This ultimately helped keep the lights on in Queensland last night.”

The Palaszczuk Government has invested $2.234 billion to ensure energy assets are safe and in good working condition this financial year.  

“Since 2017, we’ve invested $324 million in Callide C - one of the youngest generators in our fleet,” Mr de Brenni said.

“Operations and maintenance have been conducted in line with statutory requirements, with the most recent overhaul completed in August 2020.  

“While the cause of the fire is yet to be determined, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have now handed the site back to CS Energy to investigate.

“I want to thank those workers and firefighters for doing such a fantastic job ensuring everyone went safely home to the families last night.”



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