The Mining and Energy Union has expressed alarm at news the Callide C coal power station in Queensland was operating without the required regulatory approval at the time of a dramatic explosion in May 2021.
The Australian Energy Regulator yesterday fined CS Energy $67,800 for breaching the National Electricity Law by not being a registered participant with the Australian Energy Market Operator or holding a valid exemption.
MEU Queensland District Vice President Shane Brunker said the breach showed a concerning disregard for legal operating requirements.
“The 2021 Callide C explosion was a very serious event and it’s remarkable that no-one was killed,” said Mr Brunker.
“To discover that Callide was operating without the required approval at the time is extremely alarming.
“It is inadequate to have this brushed off with a fine that will barely be noticed in CS Energy’s accounts.
“Failing to comply with AEMO registration requirements means there is less oversight of control and operation of a power generator.
“Workers are still rattled from the 2021 explosion and subsequent safety and operational failures. This will shake their confidence in site management even further.
“We encourage AEMO to be fully transparent with information regarding this breach and their investigation into the serious events of 2021. Someone needs to be held accountable.”
Contact: Shane Brunker 0419 472 325