Jigalong – Power System Upgrade

Jigalong is an Aboriginal community approximately 170 kilometres east of Newman and on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert in the Pilbara.

The town and the surrounding area is home to the Martu people with a population that fluctuates between 100 and 500 depending on the time of the year and activities within the community.

The project undertaken by KRSP was an upgrade to the power system required to overcome voltage drop and generation capacity problems and consisted of the following works;

  • Construction of a new power station located away from the Community with:
    • Site fill and preparation
    • Four generators in acoustic weather proof enclosures with provision for an additional two generators in the future
    • Switch room with automated generator switchboard
    • Site office
    • Coolant and lubricant storage
    • Fuel farm
    • Step up transformers and balance of plant required
  • Two 11kV underground feeders to the community
  • Replacing sections of bare overhead conductor
  • Extending portions of overhead line
  • Installing sections of new HV and LV underground distribution
  • Four distribution sub stations
  • Dismantle redundant power station and overhead distribution

The project was successfully completed in September 2015 for the Department of Housing with a value of $7.6m.