Media Release

Line route confirmed for mine site

Release Date: 18 October 2007

Western Power today welcomed a decision by Grange Resources Limited on the line route to be used to supply power to Grange's proposed magnetite mine at Southdown near Wellstead, 90 kms north-east of Albany.

Western Power's Managing Director Doug Aberle said Western Power had been working with a number of communities in the Great Southern, informing them of a range of possible powerline options both for the mine and as part of Western Power's long term plans to meet the Albany region's growing demand for power.

Mr Aberle said it was good to now be clear about the lines routes that will be built, their voltage and the ways they can provide for better power supplies in the region.

"Now that Grange has chosen a dedicated transmission line that will run from Muja to Southdown, north of the Stirling Ranges, Western Power can announce that its planned line from Kojonup - to Albany will be built at 132kV, instead of at 220kV, which would have been required if Grange's needs were incorporated into the planned line.

"The decision to supply power to Grange via the Muja to Southdown route, instead of from Kojonup to Albany and Albany to Southdown means there is no need to build a line from Albany to Southdown.

"Grange has agreed to provide supplementary funds as part of the project to allow for the construction by Western Power of two new substations at Gnowangerup and near Wellstead which will significantly boost the quality of power supplies to the region,"

"The new substations are an excellent outcome for communities in the Great Southern as they enable Western Power to link in to the Muja to Southdown line and provide improved service to communities in the Gnowangerup region and on the south coast," he said.

"Western Power received environmental approval for the dedicated line to Grange in August and we will now return our focus to that those communities and resume talks with them to discuss options to improve power supplies to the region", be said. Consultation sessions scheduled for the end of October in Napier, Redmond, Mt Barker and Kojonup on Western Power's planned line to meet growing demand for power in the Albany region will proceed.

The consultation session will provide Western Power the opportunity to gather all the information it needs to choose three potential line corridors that have the least impact on the community as a whole.