Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett

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    Mid-West power procurement a step closer

    7/08/2000 7:09 PM
     
    7/8/00

    Another milestone has been reached in the power procurement process for Western Australia’s Mid-West region.

    StateWest Power has been invited to participate in negotiations with Western Power about generating power in the region.

    Burns and Roe Worley will be retained as a reserve bidder if a power purchase agreement cannot be finalised with StateWest Power.

    Energy Minister Colin Barnett said today StateWest Power was one of four detailed tender proposals received by the Regional Power Procurement Steering Committee in August last year.

    Mr Barnett said earlier this year three companies were asked to provide new detailed proposals to supply the electricity needs of four core towns - Mt Magnet, Meekatharra, Cue and Yalgoo and two optional towns - Sandstone and Wiluna.

    “Proposals were assessed on their merits against specified criteria,” he said.

    “These included operational and technical expertise and capability, project management experience and commercial and community benefits.

    “Bidders had to demonstrate their technical and financial capability to develop and operate a safe, reliable and technically sound electricity supply which would meet Western Power’s long-term requirements.

    “They also had to demonstrate a high standard of project management in developing similar projects in the energy field.”
    Mr Barnett said the steering committee took into account non-commercial and environmental costs and benefits for the region and the State as a whole.

    Without the new Mid-West gas pipeline a power procurement process for the Mid-West region would have been less likely.

    “At this stage of the process a power procurement agreement should be finalised within two or three months,”
    the Minister said.

    Media contact: Diana Callander 9222 9699