Bulgarra connected to PUPP
The Pilbara Underground Power Project has been completed in Bulgarra, with all properties now connected to the underground network.
Over the past 12 months, Horizon Power has dismantled 282 power poles, erected almost 150 streetlights and buried about 30km of cabling to connect the 305 Bulgarra properties to the network.
PUPP manager James Carney said the project had many benefits.
“The ageing overhead electricity infrastructure has been replaced with a new underground power network, creating brighter streetlights and open streetscapes for the community, as well as much more reliable power during cyclone seasons,” he said.
A Horizon Power spokeswoman said the underground network would reduce street tree pruning requirements, allowing trees to grow to their natural heights, and mean fewer vehicle accidents involving power poles.
Searipple Village will continue to source power from the overhead lines until the completion of the underground network in Karratha CBD.
PUPP is an initiative by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program and local government, with works by Horizon power.
The first phase of the project was completed in 2013 in about 40 per cent of Karratha, plus South Hedland and Wedgefield.
Work has started on phase three in the Karratha CBD, Pegs Creek and Roebourne and is expected to be finished in June.
PUPP will create more open street scapes.