Francis Logan

Francis Logan

Minister for Energy; Resources; Industry and Enterprise

    New era for Kimberley power supplies

    20/10/2007 9:05 AM
     
    20/10/07

    A new era in the provision of electricity to the Kimberley has dawned, with the opening of Horizon Power’s new $3.7million regional office in Broome.

    The facility was officially opened by Energy Minister Francis Logan today.

    Mr Logan said the new Kimberley Regional Office reflected Horizon Power’s long-term dedication to the people of the Kimberley.

    “Since its establishment following the disaggregation of Western Power in April 2006, Horizon Power has focused on providing localised customer service by opening regional offices and locating staff into regional areas of Western Australia,” he said.

    “The construction of this new office is a symbol of Horizon Power’s dedication to its customers and the strong emphasis placed on connecting with customers within their regions.

    “The new centre serves not only as a customer centre for local residents and businesses, but also as an operational area for line workers in Broome.

    “It will also provide a training facility for the new Essential Services Officers program.

    “This training program is an exciting new phase for Horizon Power to establish a local distribution network service and maintenance capability in remote Aboriginal communities.

    “Applicants are currently being recruited from these communities and they will be trained by Horizon Power to provide power services to these communities.”

    The Minister said the construction of the new centre had taken place in conjunction with the West Kimberley Power Project, which would provide new gas-fired power stations to Broome, Derby, Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing.

    These power stations were due to come on-line by the end of November and would result in more reliable, efficient and environmentally friendly power supplies.

    “This project, and the numerous others that Horizon Power is involved in throughout the Kimberley, are excellent examples of how regional Western Australians have benefited from the State Government’s reform of the electricity market,” Mr Logan said.

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