Electrification Of Existing Gascoyne Northern Borefield Midway Through Completion

Electrification Of Existing Gascoyne Northern Borefield Midway Through Completion

Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Ken Baston

Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman

Gascoyne Borefield Electrification Progressing

Victor P Taffa

  • Mains power pumps will increase efficiency and reduce costs
  • Gascoyne horticultural industry to benefit from increased production capacity

A State Government project to increase horticulture production in Carnarvon is progressing well, with electrification of the existing northern borefield midway through completion.

Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the electrification process was an integral part of the $25 Million Gascoyne Food Bowl project, made possible by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.

 

 

 

 

 

“This process will allow existing bores, which deliver water from the aquifer to highly productive horticultural properties, to convert from diesel generators to mains power.” Mr. Baston said.

Horizon Power recently completing the first six kilometres of the 22,000 volt supply line, with a further 6 kilometres scheduled for completion by the end of the month, enabling the Gascoyne Water Cooperative to convert to mains power.

The Minister said the Government was continuing exploratory drilling work, which would help determine the capacity for future expansion of the Gascoyne horticultural industry using the alluvial aquifer.

“Initial exploratory work is progressing well with flow testing of prospective production bores scheduled to begin soon.” Mr. Baston said.

The program aims to deliver another four gigalitres of water per annum, subject to drilling results and Department of Water approvals.

WA Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman

WA Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Gascoyne Food Bowl project would significantly contribute to the economic diversity of the Gascoyne region through increased food production and opportunities to develop export markets.

“This is another example of Royalties for Regions funding supporting the development of industries to help build sustainable economic and social bases for communities and regions.” Mr. Redman said.

Fact File

  • Results of an airborne electromagnetic survey carried out in 2013 will enable more targeted drilling of water
  • The project aims to identify and release about 400 hectares of extra high-quality land for horticultural purposes