Tarong Power Station contractor owes '500k' to subbies
A COMPANY that collects and resells fly ash from Tarong Power Station is facing legal action from South Burnett sub-contractors allegedly owed thousands of dollars.
Coal Reuse Pty Ltd will face Brisbane Supreme Court this month, after a sub-contractor lodged a wind-up application on May 9.
Collection Advantage debt collector Brendan Doherty claimed there were about eight other South Burnett sub-contractors owed about $500,000 in total.
The company allegedly owes Blackbutt Sand and Gravel more than $80,000 and Caboolture's Bulk Granite Haulage $17,000.
Mr Doherty said he wanted other sub-contractors to join the civil suit, which will be heard in the Supreme Court on June 20.
"There is strength in numbers and becoming a supporting creditor nothing ventured, nothing gained," he said.
"There is nothing to lose."
Stanwell appointed Coal Reuse to manage the removal of ash products in August 2014.
There are no plans for Stanwell to terminate its contract with Coal Reuse.
A spokesman for Stanwell said Coal Reuse continued to meet its contractual obligations to Stanwell.
"Prior to the contract commencing, Coal Reuse notified the ACCC of its arrangement with Stanwell to address competition concerns. Coal Reuse continues to remove ash products from Stanwell sites and is currently installing new ash pumping infrastructure at the Tarong site," he said.
Coal Reuse being investigated by department
COAL Reuse is also being investigated by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
The department is investigating an allegation that waste material generated from Tarong and Tarong North Power Stations is not being used in accordance with relevant approvals.
A spokesman for the department said no potential adverse environmental impact or environmental nuisance had been identified in relation to the complaint received.
"The allegation relates to removal of waste material by a contractor, not the operator of the power stations (i.e. not Stanwell)," he said.
However Stanwell has received two fines from the department over the past two years, at Tarong Power Station in April 2014 and the other in response to saline water levels at Meandu Mine in late 2015.
Stanwell was fined $2,200 in 2014 and $11,385 in February last year for contravening a condition of its environmental authority, in relation to releasing mine affected water.
A spokesman for Stanwell said there were no releases of water elevated salinity levels downstream.
"All water releases from the site have remained within our Environmental Authority limits," he said.
"Stanwell takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously and adopts a proactive approach of self reporting to ensure its generation and mining sites operate to the highest possible environmental standards," he said.