Horizon Power’s new 18MW Mungullah power station at Carnarvon, north of Perth, has been officially opened.
The $77 million station, built 6km out of Carnarvon to reduce noise impact on residents, has taken over power production from the old Carnarvon Power Station. It also has the ability to be expanded to provide for the region’s forecasted growth.
Power was first produced from its diesel generators in January, with the gas-powered equipment undergoing commissioning and reliability trials in recent months.
Following a seamless transition from the old Carnarvon power station, the new Mungullah power station took over the sole supply of electrical power to the town of Carnarvon in June.
Energy minister Mike Nahan said the Western Australian State Government funded the construction of the power station, which was completed on time and on budget, while Horizon Power will maintain ownership and operation of this important Gascoyne region asset.
“The state government is committed to ensuring everyone in Western Australia, regardless of where they live, has access to the safest, most reliable electricity supply possible,” Dr Nahan said.
“It gives me great satisfaction to see through the work of Horizon Power we are delivering on this commitment.”
Dr Nahan said the new power station would meet the needs of the region for many years to come and had been designed specifically to ensure it operated smoothly during extreme weather conditions, which the region is prone to.