CITIC Pacific Mining’s combined cycle gas-fired power station is one of the biggest in Western Australia, with 480-megawatt design capacity — enough to power nearly half a million homes.
The power station is critical to magnetite processing operations at Sino Iron and is a significant investment in the region.
Dominic Rodwell is part of the small team that manages the sourcing and transportation of fuel for the power station.
“The challenge, particularly for the power station, is to fuel it daily,” Dom says.
“Huge generation requires huge fuel volumes and to deliver that amount of energy to our operations requires a lot of careful coordination from our dedicated team.
“We support the domestic gas market here in WA on the basis that we are one of the top 10 in the State for daily gas consumption.”
Sino Iron’s partnerships with energy providers Santos and Quadrant has not only ensured the operation of Australia’s biggest magnetite mine but underpinned the development of WA’s third domestic gas hub at Devil Creek.
“It was through our major gas contract with CITIC that the Reindeer gas field was developed, providing the gas for this essential third gas hub for the State,” Quadrant Energy CEO Brett Darley explains. says.
“CITIC Pacific Mining has been an outstanding customer and community partner in the Pilbara and we have been delighted to work with their people every step of the journey.”
Dom says CITIC is also a foundation customer of the Tubridgi gas storage facility, near Onslow.
“The Tubridgi gas storage facility has additional capacity for storage available for use by the rest of the community,” he says.
“That gives the market something to hold on to for the future.”