Minister Flicks The Switch To Electrify The First Stage Of Northern Bore Field

Minister Flicks The Switch To Electrify The First Stage Of Northern Bore Field

Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Ken Baston

Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman

Gascoyne Food Bowl Receives Power Boost

Victor P Taffa

  • Electrification of water pumping to reduce costs and improve efficiencies
  • Preliminary water drilling results show promise for expansion

Horticulture production on the Gascoyne River received a boost today when Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston ‘flicked the switch’ to electrify the first stage of the northern bore field, which will significantly reduce costs of pumping and improve efficiencies.

 

 

 

 

The transfer from costly diesel generation to electricity-powered water pumps is a major commitment of the State Government’s $25 Million Royalties for Regions funded Gascoyne Food Bowl initiative.

“The installation of the 22,000 volt supply line by Horizon Power and access to mains power will reduce pumping costs, with savings expected to be passed onto growers.” Mr. Baston said.

“The service will also now be more reliable, reducing the cost and frustration of power interruptions and outages.”

The Gascoyne Food Bowl initiative seeks to increase agricultural production in the Gascoyne Horticulture Area by 400 ha.

WA Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman

WA Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, a drilling program to identify suitable water to expand irrigated agriculture in the Gascoyne is showing promising results, with early results indicating the amount and quality of the water is suitable for agricultural production.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Gascoyne Food Bowl project would secure the precinct’s role as a major fresh produce supplier.

“The Gascoyne Food Bowl project has the potential to significantly increase horticultural production, contributing to economic diversity and development in the region.” Mr. Redman said.

“I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions contributing towards our State’s food security.”

Fact File

  • The Gascoyne supplies about 40,000 tonnes of horticultural produce to WA’s domestic market, worth around $80 Million annually (not including Wooramel)
  • Stage 2 (12-24km) of electrification of the northern bore field due to start May 2015
  • Next stage of the drilling program starts in the new year, focusing on exploration holes in the western and central zones