Short-changed company casts doubt over CQ power station study
A DARK cloud is hanging over the National Party’s ambitions of building a HELE coal-fired power station at Collinsville.
Outspoken Central Queensland MP’s Michelle Landry, Ken O’Dowd, George Christensen and Senator Matt Canavan secured a commitment from Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the lead up to the 2019 Federal Election that a feasibility study would be undertaken to examine the viability of a constructing coal-fired power station.
After the Federal Government confirmed in February that it would pay $4 million for a feasibility study by a local Indigenous Australian Energy Company called Shine Energy, they dropped the amount of money promised to $3.3 million.
It is understood that the reduced figure for the $3.3 million grant was based on the recommendation of the Department of Energy and Emissions Reduction.
According to an article published on Thursday in The Australian, this was a problem for Shine Energy chief executive Ashley Dodd.
They reported that Mr Dodd had told officials from the Energy Department a $3.3m taxpayer grant to undertake a feasibility study for a new coal plant was insufficient and the project could be in jeopardy unless it received the promised $4m in funds.
The Australian understands Mr Dodd accused the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources of failing to take into account extra staffing costs incurred by Shine Energy to undertake the study.
Ms Landry said she has fought very hard to see this project become a reality.
“It was an election commitment of mine and I am determined to see it through,” Ms Landry said.
“This grant will allow Shine Energy to deliver a feasibility study into the construction of a new HELE coal plant in Collinsville.
“We will continue to work with Shine Energy to see the project come to fruition.
She said her government was investing in the future of Capricornia, creating opportunities for more jobs and cheaper energy for hardworking families.
The Morning Bulletin has contacted Shine Energy to confirm The Australian’s story with Mr Dodd but were yet to receive a response.