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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Plan To Supplement Strahan Electricity -

Plan To Supplement Strahan Electricity - Bryan Green, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

The tourist town of Strahan will be Tasmania?s first to be provided with a supplementary power supply to improve reliability.

Energy Minister Bryan Green said the initiative was the result of Aurora Energy?s Reliability Improvement strategy.

?The plan is for four transportable generators to be used to supplement power supply when it?s needed.

?The three megawatts of supplementary generation will ensure normal power supplies are available during planned work on the electricity system or in the event of unplanned disruptions.

?The Government strongly supports Aurora?s long-term strategy to establish a new power line from Zeehan to Strahan to create a supply ?loop?, providing an alternate means of delivering supply.

?Aurora has already called tenders for the design, supply and construction of the four generators and the tender process should be finalised by Christmas so the generators can be in place before the end of June next year.

?This project is in line with the Government?s strategy to ensure infrastructure is in place to support critical tourism clusters throughout the State.

?Not only does Strahan play an important role in the tourism industry of this State but increasingly in aquaculture and other commercial activities.

?The use of relocatable generation plant will help meet increasing customer demands and at Strahan will be used as a test case for upgrading supply in other locations in Tasmania that are not well served by the existing infrastructure.?

Mr Green said the project to establish the initial generator site involves the development of new procedures, communications systems as well as valuable engineering and operational skills.

He said the West Coast Council was supportive of the proposal and had worked with Aurora to ensure that the generation site would have negligible impact on the community.


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