Mining giant connects to Pilbara power network

WA mining giant Roy Hill has connected its Port Hedland operations to the Pilbara power network.

The successful connection of Roy Hill to Horizon Power’s North West Interconnected System (NWIS) – the electricity network that covers the Pilbara – comes after two years of consultations, designing and building specialist infrastructure and equipment, and comprehensive testing.

The project began in 2016 and required the underground installation of two 33kv feeder lines, both 5km long, between Horizon Power’s South West Creek Substation and Roy Hill’s main switchboard at the port in Port Hedland.

Horizon Power managing director Frank Tudor said reaching the milestone was cause for celebration by both parties.

“We are pleased to be providing power for Roy Hill’s iron ore mining, rail and port operations in Port Hedland,” Mr Tudor said.

“The connection of Roy Hill to our Pilbara network, and the partnership we have embarked on together, represents strong investment in the Pilbara that West Australians can place their confidence in.”

The 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) between Horizon Power and Roy Hill officially commenced in April 2018.