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Located in the Pilbara region of WA, Newman Power Station is a 178MW dual fuel (gas and distillate) power station that has supplied electricity to the area since the 1970s. 

Its principal customer is the Roy Hill mine, which it supplies via our own 220kV transmission line. Located 120 km north of the Newman township, Roy Hill is one of Australia's largest single-pit, open-cut iron ore mines.

Natural gas is transported to the Newman Power Station via the Goldfields Gas Transmission Pipeline. It also keeps approximately one million litres of diesel fuel stored on site at any time. In the event of a gas supply interruption, it can switch to diesel fuel and continue to generate electricity for its customers. 

Some APA Group employees live in the town of Newman, with many engaged in community and sporting activities. We believe in supporting local businesses by using their services to help maintain the power station. 

Our Newman Power Station is home to Western Australia’s largest lithium-ion battery. The 30MW battery is among the world’s largest and is the biggest Australian battery to be developed for an industrial application.

Western Australia’s largest Lithium Ion Battery Storage System

In April 2018, Western Australia’s largest lithium-ion battery was commissioned at Newman Power Station in the Pilbara region. The 35MW battery is among the world’s largest and is the biggest Australian battery to be developed for an industrial application.

The Newman Battery Storage Project is designed to improve the performance of the high voltage network in the region that supplies power to major iron ore producers. 

In FY18 the system was awarded:

  • Winner – Innovation Category (Australian Engineering Excellence Award, 2018) 
  • Winner – Innovation Category (Western Australian Engineering Excellence Award, 2018)
  • Winner – Innovation Power Technology of the Year Australia Category (Asian Power Awards, 2018)
  • Finalist – Energy Innovation of the Year Category (Western Australian Energy Awards, 2018)