Work has begun in the last suburb in Karratha in regional Western Australia to move the overhead electrical network underground, as part of the Pilbara Underground Power Project.

Minister for Regional Development, Terry Redman, said an extra 1159 lots had been undergrounded in the light industrial area, Bulgarra West and Pegs Creek, as well as the CBD and the remaining lots in Roebourne, since the project recommenced in November 2014, thanks to additional Royalties for Regions funding of $75 million.

”Underground networks experience fewer outages during cyclones, eliminates dangers associated with fallen power lines and improves the aesthetic appeal of towns,” Mr Redman said.

“This is a significant investment by Royalties for Regions and it reflects the State Government’s continued commitment to regional economic development.”

Minister for Energy, Mike Nahan, said the project was ahead of schedule and on budget, and he expected all of Karratha, including the 1000 remaining lots in the large suburb of Nickol, to be completed by the end of 2017. 

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