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Sharing computer models with third parties

We use DIgSILENT PowerFactory as the simulation software for all power system studies carried out in the South West Interconnected Network (SWIN). For more information on the PowerFactory version, please contact your Customer Relations Consultant or Access Consultant.

Request for computer model
Our Technical Rules clause 3.2.4 (b) state that the we may provide any information we receive to any User who intends to connect any equipment to the transmission system for the purposes of enabling that User to undertake any power system simulation studies it wishes to undertake, subject to that User entering into a confidentiality agreement with us.

The request for computer models can be submitted to us via email or other formal communication to your Customer Relations Consultant or Access Consultant with:

  • Details of the company requiring the computer model
  • Purpose of the request and intended use of the model
  • Nominated people that will have access to the model
  • Payment of the standard processing fee of AUD $500.

Once we received this information your Customer Relations Consultant or Access Consultant will give you a prepared Confidentiality Agreement.

Confidentiality Agreement
A Confidentiality Agreement must be entered into with us clearly stating the Purpose and the specific people who can access the model for the stated ahead of any modelling information being released by us.

In some cases, depending on the type of modelling information requested, we may need to seek consent from other Third Parties who have provided information to us under particular terms.

Once the Confidentiality Agreement has been finalised, we will issue the modelling information electronically to the nominated personnel identified in the Confidentiality Agreement.

Model content
Depending on the request we may provide only a steady state PowerFactory model or steady state and dynamic PowerFactory model. Dynamic models can often take longer to be issued we need to seek Third Party approval prior to issuing their models.


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Kalgoorlie storm response

Update 19 November 2017 - 6.30pm

We have restored electricity to about 3,000 customers in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder area since the wild storms that struck the Goldfields yesterday.

We have eight extra specialist crews in the region working into the night to restore power as safely and as quickly possible to our other 14,000 customers currently without electricity.

Further restorations are expected this evening, but people - especially those with an individual connection wire from their house to the network that has been brought down by debris - should be preparing for a night without power.

In some limited cases those individual customers may be without power for several days more until connections can be repaired and tested and declared safe by authorised specialists.

Four 500kVA Western Power Emergency Generators will be used to assist in restoration and other critical infrastructure when it is safe to do so. Two nursing homes have had power restored with the use of generators.

We are continuing to focus efforts on lines that can restore power and services to critical infrastructure and large numbers of customers in an attempt to return power as quickly and as safely to as many people as possible.

The priority areas for our crews at the moment are in Coolgardie, Kambalda, Boulder, Lionel West , Somerville and Picadilly South, the central business district and Hannan and Porter Streets in Kalgoorlie.

Over 173 hazards were registered with Western Power which has been reduced substantially but there are still a number of hazards left to attend, and our crews are discovering more hazards as they move through the network frustrating our progress.

If you see a fallen powerline or damaged pole call make the safe call to Western Power on 13 13 51 or if it is a life-threatening emergency, please call 000.

Power outage map for restoration times.