Genex Power has selected power and water consulting firm Entura to deliver owner’s engineer services for the Kidston Stage 2 projects in Australia.


Image: The K2H project site in Queensland, Australia. Photo: courtesy of Genex Power Limited.

Located in North Queensland, Australia, the Kidston Stage 2 projects comprise the 250MW pumped storage hydro project (K2H) and the adjacent multi-staged 270MW solar project (K2S).

In 2016, Entura has completed the technical feasibility study for the Kidston pumped storage hydro project.

Genex Power CEO James Harding said: “We have established and maintained a strong relationship with Entura, having initially worked together to complete the technical feasibility study for our flagship project (the 250MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro project) in 2016.

“As one of the market leaders in renewables and hydropower, Entura will provide valuable experience and expertise, plus their in-depth Project knowledge, to assist with the successful delivery of the Project and we look forward to continuing our collaboration as we progress the development of the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub.”

Under the latest contract, Entura, as owner’s engineer, will be responsible for detailed design and engineering verification activities.

It will also provide construction and commissioning advice during the project implementation phase while working closely with the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors across the K2S and K2H projects.

Additionally, Entura will review of EPC contractors’ plans, and grid connection arrangement.

The EPC contractors for the two projects include McConnell Dowell, John Holland and UGL.

Entura managing director Tammy Chu said: “As believers in dispatchable renewables we have tuned our capabilities accordingly, especially in utility-scale hydropower, solar and wind farm developments, combining these with very strong power systems and grid connection capability.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with Genex Power to help them deliver their vision to combine pumped hydro energy storage with solar PV and, in due course, wind power.”