Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett


    Power proposals for Esperance being assessed

    15/12/2000 3:21 PM

        Three companies have been selected to detail their proposals to supply electricity on a commercial basis to Esperance and possibly Hopetoun.

        Energy Minister Colin Barnett said today the three proposals were now being assessed by the Regional Power Procurement Steering Committee, chaired by Dr Des Kelly.

        Mr Barnett said the three proposals being assessed were from Modra Electric Pty Ltd, Burns and Roe Worley and Energy Equity Corporation/ Woodside Energy Ltd.

        There were 12 expressions of interest which were shortlisted to three in November this year.

        Dr Kelly would be visiting Esperance next week to discuss options with the shire and the local community.

        The proposal from Modra Electric Pty Ltd was for a diesel-fuelled power station suitable for future expansion.

        The Modra proposal had no renewable energy content except for the purchase of power from the Western Power wind farms.

        The proposal from Burns and Roe Worley was for a new local and automated gas turbine power station using high efficiency and low emission gas turbine generators.

        The main fuel would be natural gas transported from the North West Shelf via existing and new pipelines directly to the power station site. This would be backed up by diesel.

        This proposal did not include energy from renewable sources except for energy from the Western Power wind farms.

        Mr Barnett said the Energy Equity Corporation/Woodside Energy Ltd proposal included a gas-fired power station to be built in Esperance, with liquefied natural gas being transported from the Burrup Peninsula by road tankers to a storage facility.

        “As an integrated part of the proposal there will be an oil mallee-based, biomass-fired power plant,” he said.

        “Electricity from the biomass-fired plant will be supplemented by wind-generated electricity.”

        Mr Barnett said a second proposal was based on a gas pipeline extending from Kambalda to Esperance and possibly Ravensthorpe.

        A preferred bidder should be announced in March.

        The Minister said it was expected the new power station would be ready by mid-2002.

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