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Norfolk Group Awarded $40+m WA Power Contract

Norfolk Group Limited (NFK), has been awarded a $40+ million contract for the Pilbara Underground Power Project (PUPP) for the Western Australian town of Karratha, following a competitive bid process. The works will be delivered by Norfolk’s electrical and communications company, O’Donnell Griffin, and will involve up to 100 highly specialised technicians, including High Voltage/Low Voltage (HV/LV) electricians, HV/LV joiners and HV testers. Directional underground drilling will also be employed as part of the project to avoid digging up roads, paths and drive ways. The $130 million PUPP is a partnership between the State Government, through Royalties for Regions and Local Government, delivered by regional power company, Horizon Power. The aim of the PUPP is to provide cyclone affected North West towns with a safe and reliable power supply, by replacing ageing overhead electricity infrastructure with underground networks. The first town to be migrated to the underground power network is Karratha. In addition to the undergrounding of the overhead network assets, O’Donnell Griffin’s scope includes installation of street lights, SCADA systems and infrastructure for the National Broad Band Network Upgrade. O’Donnell Griffin has worked on a range of other projects in the Pilbara region, including BHP Billiton’s Rapid Growth Projects (RGP), Fortescue Metals Group and Rio Tinto.