The new Yungngora Power Station in WA is now operational. The modern and more efficient station began delivering power to the West Kimberley community ahead of schedule on 6 September, 2013.
Under the State Government-funded Aboriginal and Remote Community Power Station Project (ARCPSP), Horizon Power has upgraded the electrical networks in the communities of Yungngora, and Kalumburu, in the East Kimberley, and is building new power stations. Construction of the Kalumburu Power Station is nearing completion and is expected to be finished by the end of the year, depending on weather conditions.
Kimberley Regional Service Providers are the principal contractor for this project.
ARCPSP is designed to improve the safety and reliability of power supplies in Aboriginal communities.
The electricity network was upgraded in November 2011. Residents now access household power via pre-payment meters, giving them greater visibility and control of electricity consumption and costs.
The project has been particularly challenging given the community’s remote location in the far northwest of WA and high levels of rainfall in the wet season. Together these factors can make access by contractors and crews difficult resulting in occasional project delays.
The power station has been built off the main access road into the Yungngora community. The site was chosen because it is away from the community, is raised above known flood levels and has good access to deliver fuel to site.