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History

Horizon Power is a relatively new business but it has a long history.

The State Government-owned Corporation was established in 2006 following the disaggregation of Western Power.

Western Power was split into four entities by the then Gallop Labor Government: Western Power - which procures and distributes electricity to the South-West Interconnected Network; Verve - which generates electricity for the SWIS; Synergy - which retails electricity for the SWIS; and Horizon Power - which generates, distributes and retails electricity for the remainder of the State.

Many of the experienced staff who worked for Western Power's Regional Power and Pilbara Power divisions before disaggregation moved to Horizon Power. The new utility maintained the wealth of experience gained over many years in regional Western Australia and was re-energised with new staff.

Through the years

  • 2010

    New infrastructure

    Start of the $130 million Pilbara Underground Power Project, Marble Bar and Nullagine solar-diesel power stations commissioned, Karratha Power Station commissioned.

  • 2009

    Rural network upgrade

    Separation of Horizon Power's customer service functions from Synergy.

    Completed upgrade of three-phase network in Esperance and surrounding regions to improve reliability/start of upgrade of single phase network in this region.

  • 2008

    Aboriginal communities training program begins

    Opening of Horizon Power's Kimberley regional office and Bentley administrative centre. March 2008, Horizon Power launched Aboriginal Communities Training program to train local residents to maintain local power supply. Fitzroy Crossing and Broome power stations commissioned.

  • 2007

    ARCPSP Completed

    Coral Bay Power Station commissioned, 13 town-based Aboriginal communities have power regularised under Town Reserves Regularisation Project (phase one)

  • 2006

    ARCPSP Phase One

    Horizon Power established 1 April 2006, five months later Horizon Power awarded contract to build, own and operate five power stations in remote Aboriginal communities

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Last updated: Wednesday, 31 August 2011 10:53 AM