Roy Hill’s Port Hedland operations have connected to a new source of power, marking the achievement of a major milestone for the WA mining company and Horizon Power, the state’s regional energy provider.

The successful connection of Roy Hill to Horizon Power’s North West Interconnected System (NWIS) – the electricity network that covers the Pilbara – comes after two years of consultations, designing and building specialist infrastructure and equipment, and comprehensive testing.

The project began in 2016 and required the underground installation of two 33 kilovolt feeder lines, both 5km long, between Horizon Power’s South West Creek Substation and Roy Hill’s main switchboard at the port in Port Hedland.

Horizon Power’s Managing Director, Frank Tudor, said reaching this milestone was cause for celebration by both parties.

“We are pleased to be providing power for Roy Hill’s iron ore mining, rail and port operations in Port Hedland,” Mr Tudor said.

“The connection of Roy Hill to our Pilbara network, and the partnership we have embarked on together, represents strong investment in the Pilbara that West Australians can place their confidence in.”

Roy Hill’s CEO, Barry Fitzgerald, echoed Mr Tudor’s sentiments.

“Roy Hill is pleased to partner with Horizon Power to help execute the long-term, safe, sustainable delivery of our 55 million tonne per annum iron ore export operations in Port Hedland,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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