Power work cops blast from inquiry

Robert DoughertyNorth West Telegraph
Horizon Power’s Frank Tudor.
Camera IconHorizon Power’s Frank Tudor. Credit: WA News, Sharon Smith

Royalties for Regions-funded projects across the Pilbara have felt the wrath of John Langoulant’s inquiry, with the Town of Port Hedland and Horizon Power accepting the findings.

The $239 million Pilbara Underground Power Project was highlighted in the report for its lack of formal contracts, lack of vital approvals and time limits of two years.

“We note the report and, like all reviews of this nature, will seek to take from it all relevant learnings,” Horizon Power chief executive Frank Tudor said.

The inquiry also directed criticism at Port Hedland’s Wanangkura Stadium project, including drainage, record-keeping and project management identified as major issues.

The Town of Port Hedland welcomed the results of the State Government’s Special Inquiry into Government Programs and Projects, despite questions being levelled at several projects it was involved in.

Mayor Camilo Blanco said the report was comprehensive in its findings and a whole-of-government approach was required to ensure excellence for projects across WA.

“Since the inquiry was announced in 2017, we’ve worked extremely hard to significantly change and improve the way we operate and increase overall efficiencies,” he said.

“We fully participated in the inquiry and welcome its findings and transparency. Turning the spotlight on these projects promotes accountability and safeguards future success.

“We have also commissioned major audits, addressing key recommendations,” he said.

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