Approximately $44 million was invested in three network upgrade programs in the Esperance district between 2006 and 2013 to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements and significantly improve safety. Investment by State Government into these upgrade programs has also delivered significant improvements to reliability of power supplies, in particular on the rural networks, where reliability has increased by more than 70 per cent.
Horizon Power has embarked on a $77 million project to build, own and operate a new power station and transmission infrastructure to serve the growing needs of the Carnarvon community.
This project involves upgrading the electrical distribution network in the community and eventually replacing an ageing and poorly located power station with a more modern, efficient and environmentally friendly power station. The electricity network was upgraded in October 2011. Residents now access household power via pre-payment meters, giving them greater visibility and control of electricity consumption and costs.
Under the Town Reserves Regularisation Program (TRRP) phase three, the Department of Housing contracted Horizon Power to audit, design and undertake electricity network upgrades for the West Kimberley communities of Looma and Mowanjum.
With construction of Chevron’s Wheatstone project underway in the Pilbara town of Onslow, power is one of the critical pieces of infrastructure that needs to be further developed to ensure reliable and safe power supplies supply to the local community during this period of rapid growth.