Pilbara Transmission Project - Stage 4
Project at a glance
The Pilbara Transmission Project (Project) aims to integrate Fortescue's iron ore mining and port operations in the Pilbara to a common 220kV network.
The creation of this 220kV network and these Stage 4 works will enable Fortescue's existing Solomon Mine power station to supply power to Fortescue's Eliwana Mine (Eliwana).
Pilbara Energy Company is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified contractors and suppliers for Project tendering opportunities on the Industry Capability Network (ICN) Gateway.
Stage 4 includes a high voltage transmission line and associated infrastructure (substations / connection points) to expand the existing 220kV network allowing the connection of the Eliwana mining operations to the Solomon 220kV substation.
This transmission extension allows for the connection of Eliwana and any future mining developments in the area.
The stage 4 works include the establishment of:
- ~130km of high voltage 220kV transmission line;
- Single circuit transmission line with ~250MVA of power transfer capacity, including 2 x overhead fibre OPGW;
- 1 x 220 / 33kV substation comprising of 1 bay (circuit) of 220kV hybrid switchgear, 9 circuits of 33kV distribution and BOP infrastructure; and
- Extension of existing 220 / 33kV Solomon substation to cater for the transmission line connection - Additional 220kV gas insulated bay with all secondary systems
Procurement of poles, transmission lines, conductors and OPGW from August 2023.
Construction of earthworks and civils from Q4 2023
Construction of transmission lines from Q1 2024.
Construction of substations from Q1 2024.
Practical Completion of Stage 4 by Q3 2025.
Local and Indigenous participation:
In line with Fortescue's commitment to supporting local Western Australian communities, requirements relating to the engagement of local and Indigenous vendors will be included in the selection criteria for the Project tendering opportunities.
The Iron Bridge Magnetite Project (Project) is the development of a new magnetite mine (including processing and transport facilities) and associated infrastructure. Iron Bridge will deliver 22 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of high grade 67% Fe magnetite concentrate product.
The Pilbara Generation Project (Project) will enhance Fortescue's existing power generation capacity through the inclusion of 150MW of gas fired reciprocating engine-based power generation, together with 150MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation and 50MW of battery storage and will be constructed, owned and operated by Fortescue through its subsidiary Pilbara Energy (Generation) Pty Ltd.
Fortescue is committed to decarbonising its Australian iron ore operations in mining, port, rail, Non-process Infrastructure and mobile fleet in the Pilbara in Western Australia to achieve real zero terrestrial emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 2030. Real zero refers to no fossil fuels and wherever possible, no offsets.