The Swanbank E power station near Ipswich will begin supplying power to Queensland again on January 1, after electricity generator Stanwell corporation signed a gas supply deal with Shell Australia.
The 385-megawatt gas fired power station was mothballed in 2014 and resulted in the loss of 25 jobs.
Queensland treasurer and acting energy minister Curtis Pitt said Stanwell received a number of commercial offers for gas supply following its closure.
“This strong response shows gas market players in Queensland are interested in doing business in the domestic market and have gas available, and I congratulate Shell Australia and Stanwell for closing the deal,” he said.
Pitt added that bringing more gas supply to market increases security and helps drive down electricity costs.
Member for Bundamba, Jo-Ann Miller, said the recruitment drive for the 16 new positions at the plant was progressing well, with nine of the positions accepted so far going to locals in the area.
“Stanwell is still looking at applicants for the remaining outstanding positions and I’m hoping those winning applications will also come from the Ipswich region,” Miller said.
The first of the new employees are set to begin work in October.