John Blake is new Kareeya Power Station Site Manager

14 April 2014
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John Blake has been chosen as the new Site Manager for Kareeya Power Station.

John, who has been in the Navy, owned his own businesses and has done missionary work in Africa, has accepted the appointment for two years.

“It will be the next phase in my varied career, it will be a new challenge,” he said.
“It will be further experience in management for me as opposed to doing purely technical work.”

John, who currently works at Stanwell’s Swanbank Power Station, at Ipswich, will move to Far North Queensland in the new future with his wife Linda.

He is currently, Engineering Technical Support Supervisor, project managing the cold storage of the Swanbank E combined cycle unit and his precise starting date at Kareeya will depend on the progress of that work.

John began his career in the Royal Australian Navy, working for nine years as operator and maintainer of boiler and steam turbine propulsion equipment, after leaving the navy he moved into air-conditioning and then started his own air-conditioning company.

He completed a mechanical engineering degree at age 40, then worked at Queensland Alumina Limited before doing missionary work in Africa for a short time. After this John worked in the sewerage and water industry before moving onto Swanbank and back into the world of steam. John has worked at Swanbank for six years.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of working in a unique area, the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and gaining experience in hydro generation.

“My top priority will be the safety of Kareeya employees and creating value for Stanwell through the best possible operation of the power station.”

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