Bad tidings for latest proposal

The proposal by Tidal Energy Australia for a compromised plan to provide power to the Kimberley appears to be a desperate last roll of the dice.

It is likely to fail, given the frosty reception by Minister for Energy Colin Barnett.

Mr Barnett has stood by his decision to award the contract to a consortium of Energy Equity Corporation and Woodside Energy to supply power to Western Power by building gas-fired power stations in three Kimberley towns.

This is despite intense pressure from his Federal counterparts, particularly outspoken Forestry and Conservation Minister Wilson Tuckey to use tidal power.

A key component of the tidal scheme is the construction of a power transmission grid from Derby, where it will be situated, to other areas of the Kimberley.

Mr Tuckey has offered up to $65 million to build the grid.

TEA argues that if the transmission line was established, the tidal power station could be built without State Government funding and a user levy imposed to help pay for maintenance.

Mr Barnett wasn’t moved.

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