Western Australia Minister for Energy Peter Collier
Karratha’s New Power Station Officially Opened
Victor P Taffa
The State Government has boosted the reliability and security of power in the Pilbara, following the official opening of the Karratha Power Station by Energy Minister Peter Collier.
Powered by two high-efficiency gas turbines, the station will contribute an extra 86KW into the North West Interconnected System (NWIS), which services Horizon Power customers in Karratha, Port Hedland and surrounding towns.
The station is owned and operated by Canadian Power Company ATCO Power, which will sell 100 % of the power produced to Horizon Power under a long-term contract with the regional power provider.
“The Karratha Power Station will be an integral part of the NWIS.” Mr. Collier said.
“This is a major milestone to support the State’s vision for growth in the Pilbara and to provide long-term energy security in the region.”
“When combined with other Government initiatives, such as the Pilbara Underground Power Project, the station will make a significant addition to providing high-quality, reliable, energy-efficient power supplies to the region.”
The new station has been built beside Horizon Power’s head office in Karratha, adjacent to its 132 kV terminal.
Its capacity can be expanded to cater for future growth in demand with the use of Heat Recovery Steam Generators, which generate power from the heat produced from the turbines.
Horizon Power managing director Rod Hayes said the power station would allow greater flexibility and responsiveness to the corporation’s customers in the Pilbara.
“It can be operated either flexibly on the existing system or expanded with further development of the Pilbara.” Mr. Hayes said.
Construction of the Power Station started in March 2009, with the first gas turbine being commissioned in February and the second in April.