Remote Areas Energy Generation

Cowell Electric has a proud history of supporting regional communities with their electricity generation needs. From 1928 Cowell Electric owned and operated the power supply, including Generation, Distribution of electricity to the customers in the District Council of Franklin Harbour.

The power station was closed in 1970 when the State Grid was extended from Port Augusta to Port Lincoln. The company continued performing this function for over 20 years for the South Australian Government for their Remote Areas Energy supply townships including the APY lands, Kingoonya, Marla, Glenadambo, Marree to name a few.

In 2016 we were re-awarded this contract and we presently hold the Generation licenses on behalf of the South Australian Government Department for Energy & Mining to operate and maintain the off-grid power generation and distribution scheme (RAES) for fourteen years.

We provide a 24-hour emergency call-out service to respond to supply restoration, emergencies, and unplanned maintenance required.  We have appropriate procedures and plans in place to determine the cause and extent of the callout in order to respond accordingly. 

Our people and vehicles are equipped to handle all call-outs in the most isolated areas and on average the vast majority of services can be reinstated well within our target KPI of 24 hours for restoration. 

Remote Areas Energy Generation Services include; 

  • Power Generation 
  • Load & Voltage Testing 
  • Condition Monitoring 
  • High Energy 

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Flagship Projects

Carrapateena Truck

Carrapateena 11KV DCCT

Cowell Electric designed, supplied and construct approximately 6.4km of 11kV Overhead Lines including 6.4km of 11kV Overhead Lines configured as 2 by 3.2km circuits to 3 vent fan locations and 69 x 15.5m galvanised steel monopoles.

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SMA Olympic Dam

Cowell Electric installed and commissioned 11kV double circuit overhead distribution lines to supply power to the SMA.

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strung line

Silverton Windfarm 33KV

Cowell Electric installed and strung 51 slip jointed tubular steel structures ranging from 15-30m long and strung 7.7km of dual circuit overhead power line and 9.6km of single circuit overhead power line.

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Lincoln Gap CN-9 to 1

Lincoln Gap Windfarm 275KV

Cowell Electric constructed 6.8km 275kV overhead power line and included 6.8km of single circuit 275kV and OPGW power line using single sulphur conductor per phase and one overhead OPGW circuit on 27m-30m steel slip jointed tubular poles.

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Electrical Installations

Carrapateena Powerline

Cowell Electric designed and constructed approximately 7.5km of 11kV overhead power line including 40, 17m galvanised steel monopoles and 33klm of Mango conductors.

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Renewables - Bungala solar

Bungala Solar Farm

Cowell Electric installed approximately 4.3km of 185mm2 33kV cable to link 12 banks of 3AC/DC power stations in a daisy chain method and approx. 12.1km of 300mm2 33kV cable which links each of these 12 banks back to the main 33kV switchroom.

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