Release Date: 21 July 2008
Western Power and Gindalbie Metals Ltd (Gindalbie) are proposing to upgrade an existing transmission line between Eneabba and Koolanooka (via Three Springs) with an extension to Karara, to service both the planned Karara Iron Ore Project and the Mid West region into the future.
As part of the project Western Power is inviting community members to attend information sessions that will be held in Perenjori on 29 July and Three Springs on 30 July.
Western Power's Major Projects coordinator, Mr Ian Buchanan said it was expected that for the majority of its length, the new powerline would be constructed adjacent to the existing 132,000 volt (132kV) transmission line which travels between Eneabba, Three Springs and the Golden Grove mine.
"To ensure Western Power maintains power supplies to these areas, the upgrade will involve constructing a transmission line along side the existing line. The existing transmission line (between Eneabba and Koolanooka) will then be removed once the upgraded line is in operation," said Mr Buchanan.
"The upcoming information sessions will gather local knowledge from potentially affected land owners and other interested community members about the areas planned to be traversed by the upgrade and to discuss possible route refinements to reduce landowner impact.
The upgraded line will have the capacity to carry a 330,000 volt (330kV) double circuit transmission line between Eneabba and Koolanooka, upgraded will initially be energised to 330kV on one side and 132kV on the other. The upgrade will provide the foundation to allow for additional power to be provided to the Mid West once required.
The 330kV component from Koolanooka to Karara, will be owned and operated by Gindalbie.
Gindalbie, in joint venture with Ansteel Group, is proposing to develop the Karara Iron Ore Project. This mining project covers 150 square kilometres with a 40 year plus mine life.
"Western Power welcomes any interested parties to participate in these information sessions and use this opportunity to provide input into the process. Our project team will be present to answer questions about the how this powerline upgrade might impact you." Mr Buchanan said.
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