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Project overview

From 2022, the Esperance community will benefit from a new, integrated power solution.

A new renewables hub is being constructed, bringing together solar and wind power to generate up to 46% of Esperance’s electricity. This is a long-term solution delivering cleaner electricity by reducing the carbon footprint and increasing the generation of renewable energy for the community.

Esperance’s new power solution includes:

  • A new central solar farm
  • Two new wind turbines
  • A battery energy storage system
  • A new highly efficient gas power station

Solar and wind power are an ideal way to combine renewable energy sources. During the day, a solar farm captures energy from the sun, and after dark is when the wind farm is most active. Combined, these two energy sources allow electricity to be generated by renewables around the clock.

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Driving lower emissions

Driving lower emissions

We’re delivering a cleaner, renewable, more efficient power supply, aiming for a 50% reduction in carbon emissions.

That's the equivalent to removing approximately 6,458 cars off the road each year - or almost the equivalent of the total number of registered motor vehicles in Esperance.

Using the latest energy tech

Wind turbines continue to be an important part of Esperance’s energy mix with the construction of two new state-of-the-art 185m wind turbines with a combined capacity of 9 megawatts. The latest design and technology innovations mean the new turbines will have more power and higher capacity, producing 60% more wind power than the combined output of the current wind farms.

The construction of a new 4 megawatt solar farm comprising of more than 8,900 solar panels will make it the largest solar farm in our renewable energy portfolio to date.

Using the latest energy tech
Local jobs & growth

Local jobs & growth

Both Horizon Power and the main contractor for the Esperance Power Project, Contract Power, are committed to sourcing regional sub-contractors and suppliers wherever possible for this project.

A total of $1.1 million’s worth of sub-contracted work has been committed to date by Contract Power to regional sub-contractors for work at the power station site, which will benefit approximately 12 regional businesses.

What's happening now?

New wind turbines installed

August 2021
Contract Power Australia, our new independent power provider, has been testing the capabilities of our brand-new wind turbines. They were turned for the very first time on Thursday, 7 October 2021.

The turbine blades are located at our renewables hub on Shark Lake Road and reach a staggering 185m from the ground.

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Community engagement

September 2020
Horizon Power, EVOL LNG, Contract Power Australia and Southern Ports Authority met with Esperance community members to discuss the key benefits of the project, introduce the project team and share upcoming supplier and job opportunities.

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Project agreements awarded

January 2020
Esperance company MLP Civil has been awarded the sub-contract to undertake bulk earthworks at the site for the new gas power station on Harbour Road, while Kalgoorlie-based company Flanco will be completing the concreting work.

Contract Power is also working with the Goldfields Esperance Development Commission and the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry to ensure that opportunities for sub-contractors and suppliers are communicated to appropriately skilled and qualified regional service providers and suppliers, as well as the broader business community.

What does this mean for the community?

  • Why is this project happening now?

    Our current contract with Esperance Power Station will expire in early 2022. We launched a comprehensive tender process to secure a future Power Purchase Agreement which will deliver cost effective, reliable electricity for our customers in the Esperance region.

    A Power Purchase Agreement is a contract with an Independent Power Provider to purchase electricity to supply to our customers. A PPA only deals with electricity generation - we will still own and operate the network.

  • Who was awarded the new Power Purchase Agreement?

    Australian-owned and WA-based business, Contract Power Australia (CPA), has been awarded the Power Purchase Agreement to supply power to our Horizon Power customers in Esperance, from January 2022.

    CPA is a competent and highly experienced generation provider that has an excellent track record in delivering power stations. For the past 25 years, they have provided specialised remote power supplies to the WA Mining Sector and WA State Government, and already has a strong, collaborative relationship with Horizon Power

    In total, CPA has installed 356 megawatts of power generation in Australia and a further 50 megawatts of power globally.

  • Will there be local employment opportunities?

    Yes, CPA is proactive in providing employment opportunities for people living in the communities where their own team works. During the 15-month construction period, CPA along with its major sub-contractor, have set a target to source 15% of its construction workforce from the Goldfields Esperance region.

    If you’d like to learn about future employment opportunities which become available, please email CPA at: enquiries@contractpower.com.au and use the subject Line: EPP Prospects. Please also attach a current copy of your resume.

  • Will local goods and services be sourced?

    Yes, wherever possible, goods and services will be procured from local businesses in the Goldfields Esperance region.

    If you’d like to learn about future procurement opportunities which become available, please email CPA at: enquiries@contractpower.com.au and use the subject Line: EPP Prospects. Please provide supporting information with your email, such as your company’s capability statement.

  • Where will the new renewables hub be located?

    The new renewables hub, comprising of a 4 megawatt solar farm and two 185m wind turbines with a combined capacity of 9 megawatts, will be constructed in the Shark Lake industrial area.

    Two new state-of-the-art wind turbines will be constructed to replace the existing, aging wind turbines.

    Each wind turbine will stand more than 100 metres high and combined will have the capability to generate 8.6 megawatts of power. That’s 58% more wind power than the combined output of the existing 6 turbines.

    This will create an iconic landmark for Esperance, which air passengers travelling into and out of Esperance airport will be able to view.

Project milestone Target date
Commissioning of the renewables hub begins March 2022
New power station commences operation January 2022
Commissioning of the power station begins September 2021
New wind turbines installed August 2021
Commence construction of renewables hub June 2021
Commence construction of power station September 2020
Engineering design of new power station June 2020
Community engagement session at the Esperance Civic Centre September 2020
Power Purchase Agreement and related project agreements awarded January 2020

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