Truck stop squeeze
A large transformer installed near the Roebourne roadhouse for the Pilbara Underground Power Project is causing problems for the business and its truckie customers
The transformer, installed in December for the project’s second phase, has been placed in the middle of empty land used as an informal truck stop next to the Roebourne BP service station.
Several streetlights will also be installed there in coming months.
Roebourne BP Roadhouse manager Tim Foster said the transformer’s location was affecting his business.
“There is only one (triple) truck that can park there now,” he said.
“We used to get three or four come in there.
“Truckies generally spend a fair bit, they have massive fuel tanks, and they buy enough for the whole day. So if you’re limiting that to one at a time, it makes it difficult.”
Half the truck stop land belongs to the roadhouse and half is the City of Karratha’s, which funds project provider Horizon Power.
The transformer is on the City’s half of the land.
A spokeswoman for Horizon Power said the company considered electrical infrastructure locations carefully, including this transformer.
“The transformer is located as far down the verge as possible to minimise access issues to the land in question, for both cur- rent and possible future uses,” she said.
Mr Foster said there were also issues when truckies with nowhere else to park in Roebourne stopped on the side of the road.
He said he had spoken to Horizon Power, which may remove one of the four planned streetlights to improve access.
Mr Foster said other than that, the business could do little.
“At the end of the day they are well within their rights to put the transformer there,” he said.
“But we are a small family centre and in the current climate it makes it harder to make a dollar.
“It’s not going to take millions (of dollars) a year, but it is going to have an effect.”
The Horizon Power spokesperson said the streetlights would not affect service station access.
This PUPP transformer in the truck stop next to Roebourne BP Roadhouse is causing problems for the business and passing truckies.