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  • The first tower for the transmission line has been constructed.
  • The project will connect Genex Power’s Kidston Clean Energy Hub to the Guybal Munjan Switching Station at Mount Fox.
  • Powerlink has engaged 25 local suppliers, with contracts valued at more than $30 million for works on the project.

A major milestone has been reached in the Genex Kidston Connection Project which is supporting 400 jobs during construction. 

​The first of 348 transmission towers has been built for the project which will stretch 186km between Genex Power’s Kidston Clean Energy Hub and switching station at Mount Fox. 

​Drones will also be used to help string the transmission wires between the towers. 

​Powerlink is constructing the transmission line from Genex’s Kidston Clean Energy Hub project to Mount Fox switching station - a key part of the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan. 

​The project also involves building two new switching stations with works already well underway. 

Weather dependent, the project is expected to be completed by mid-to-late 2024. 

Quotes attributable to Powerlink Project Director Tony Janas: 

​"Powerlink, alongside our construction partners, will construct 348 transmission towers over coming months. 

​"The construction of these towers means we are one step closer in enabling the flow of clean energy into communities across North Queensland. 

​"In coming weeks, we will be using innovative drone technology to string the wires that will eventually connect the pumped hydro project to the grid. 

​"New control buildings have also arrived in Brisbane to complete factory acceptance testing before being deployed to the Aurumfield Switching Station. 

​"These buildings will feature leading technology and are a critical part in maintaining security and reliability of electricity out of the pumped hydro system to North Queensland.”

Fast facts:  

  • 348 transmission towers 
  • 186 km of transmission line 
  • tower height on average around 50 metres 
  • 5,500 tonnes of galvanised steel 

7 Nov 2023