Transmission project brings efficiency to power system
Construction work on Horizon Power’s Roy Hill Transmission Project is under way to deliver long-term electricity supply to the iron ore miner’s port operations in Port Hedland.
Works are under way at the Roy Hill port facility and along the BHP rail corridor, with next steps in the construction phase to include underground conduit installation work along Utah Road, horizontal directional drilling under the Fortescue access road, and thrust boring under BHP rail lines.
Horizon Power managing director Frank Tudor said the project was part of Horizon Power’s commitment to building a more co-ordinated and efficient North West Interconnected System.
“Roy Hill will be a beneficiary of the Hedland power precinct, which has the capacity to connect multiple users and improve integration and efficiency on the NWIS well into the future,” he said.
Horizon Power has engaged two traditional owners from Port Hedland to oversee work on-site under a cultural heritage management plan.
The Roy Hill Transmission Project will deliver transmission connection infrastructure covering almost 5km to the Roy Hill port.
It incorporates the 150MW TransAlta power station, which will be the most energy efficient in the Pilbara when it is commissioned later this year.