Bul­garra con­nected to PUPP

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Louise Alling­ham

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.

Pic­ture: Hori­zon Power

PUPP will cre­ate more open street scapes.

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