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Kalumburu Power Project (ARCPSP)

The Kalumburu component of the Aboriginal and Remote Community Power Supply Project (ARCPSP) phase two is designed to provide residents with a safe, reliable, high quality energy solution.

This project will replace Kalumburu's ageing and poorly-located power station with a modern, efficient and more environmentally-friendly power station. The new power station will be built adjacent to the airstrip. The site was chosen because it is adjacent to the main access road, away from the community, and is above the 100 year flood level.

Upgrades of the electrical distribution network and internal house wiring were completed in November 2011.

The project is particularly challenging given the community's remote location in the far northwest of WA and high levels of rainfall in the wet season. These factors can make access by contractors and crews difficult resulting in occasional project delays.

The Kalumburu power station project is funded by the State's Public Utilities Office under ARCPSP.

Kalumburu Power Station

Work preparing the site has been completed and a modern and efficient power station will deliver power in the East Kimberley community of Kalumburu by the end of next year.

Under the State Government-funded Aboriginal and Remote Community Power Station Project (ARCPSP), Horizon Power has upgraded the electrical networks in the communities of Yungngora, and Kalumburu, in the East Kimberley, and is now building new power stations.

Kimberley Regional Service Providers are the principal contractor for this project. Work to build the new power station is underway on site, the site has been prepared and works will commence when the Wet Season eases.

The new power station is being built adjacent to the airstrip. The site was chosen because it is adjacent to the main access road, away from the community, and is above the 100 year flood level.

Horizon Power completed the upgrade and undergrounding of the networks in November last year. That is when residents became Horizon Power customers. This means residents are now paying the Government-gazetted electricity tariff and are able to access rebates and concessions if eligible.

ARCPSP is designed to improve the safety and reliability of power supplies in Aboriginal communities.

We have been working closely with the community of Kalumburu over this time to help lower residents' power bills through energy efficiency education and providing information about electrical safety and how to pay for power.

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Why is the Project taking place?
The Western Australian Government understands that inadequate essential services, such as power and water, is a key contributor to poor health and wellbeing in remote and Aboriginal communities. The Project will replace ageing and poorly located power stations with modern, efficient and more environmentally-friendly power stations. The distribution networks and house wiring will be upgraded to improve the reliability and safety of power supplies, and where possible be undergrounded. Ultimately Horizon Power will work with the communities to ensure a safe, reliable, high quality, cost-effective and sustainable energy solution meets their long-term needs.
Where will the power station be located?
A new power station will be built at Kalumburu adjacent to the airstrip. The site was chosen because it is adjacent to the main access road, away from the community, and is above the 100 year flood level.

Contact details:
Wendy Pryer, Corporate Communications
Email wendy.pryer@horizonpower.com.au
Telephone: (08) 6310 1576

Last updated: Wednesday, 6 February 2013 1:14 PM