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Receipt of the first parts for the Kidston Pumped Hydro project in Townsville

The PORT of Townsville has facilitated the first delivery of parts for a hydroelectric pumping project in North Queensland.

Developed in an abandoned gold mine, the Kidston Pumped Hydro project is the first such project in Australia for over 40 years. This is the flagship project of Genex Power, an ASX-listed renewable energy company.

The intent of the project is to enable reliable power, cheap and renewable energy storage and pump electricity to help Queensland meet its renewable energy targets.

Genex Power CEO James Harding said the parts arrival in Townsville was an important milestone for the project.

“These parts will now be transported to site where they will be stored until the underground excavation of the power plant is complete and installation of equipment begins,” he said.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Townsville and all of North Queensland to support employment opportunities as the project progresses.”

Equipment and systems supplier Andritz is supplying the electromechanical equipment for the pumped storage hydro elements of the project.

Port delivered parts include retainer rings, spiral casing sections, draft tube liner sections, draft tube cones, and draft tube door frames for recessed into structure concrete from the power station.

Fabrication of the turbine components and generator components is reportedly underway, with equipment arrival expected in the second quarter of 2023, according to Andritz Hydro.

Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper said the region was well placed to support the growth of the renewable energy industry.

“It’s great to see this happening at our public port in Townsville, which is so important in supporting projects like this,” Mr. Harper said.

“With our fantastic climate and wide open spaces, seizing these opportunities will be key to our future.”

Scott Stewart, Minister of Resources and MP for Townsville, said it was exciting to see the first delivery from Genex Power’s Kidston project arrive.

“This is an exciting project for the region as pumped hydro is an important part of our energy and jobs plan,” he said.

“Not only will the Kidston project be a fantastic mix of solar and pumped-water power, but it also demonstrates innovative thinking by transforming a former mining site into an energy hub.”