Power station now operating in remote Kimberley community

A new power station is delivering energy to Kalumburu, the most northern community in Western Australia, as part of a joint partnership between Horizon Power and Kimberley Regional Service Providers.

State government-owned power company Horizon Power was commissioned to build the stations and upgrade the existing distribution networks in Kalumburu and the West Kimberley community of Yungngora (formerly Noonkanbah) under the Aboriginal and Remote Power Supply Project (ARCPSP), phase two. Funding was provided by the State Government’s Public Utilities Office.

Kalumburu community was on Blue Alert in the weekend leading up to the changeover as a result of Tropical Cyclone Alessia, however, the impact from the severe weather event was relatively low and the changeover to the new station went ahead as planned.

ARCPSP project manager Ben Macdougall said, “The 1.2MW power station has been specifically designed to deliver fuel-efficient and reliable power generation in the tough conditions of remote Australia”.

The successful commissioning of the Kalumburu Power Station follows the commissioning of the Yungngora Power Station in September 2013 and the upgrade of the electrical distribution networks in both communities in 2011.

Horizon Power has delivered education to residents on electrical safety and energy efficiency, as well as assisting with the application of rebates and the new way of paying for power.

The completion of the Kalumburu Power Station marks the end of ARCPSP phase two.