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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Testing to begin on Basslink project.

Testing to begin on Basslink project. 01/12/2005. ABC News Online

Commissioning of the controversial Basslink project will begin today after a series of mishaps and delays.

Planning for the Basslink power connector between Victoria and Tasmania started six years ago.

The project has been delayed by a drawn out public consultation process, technical problems and equipment damage.

But construction is now complete and the cable will be tested to check its 600 megawatt capacity.

John Richards from National Grid says formal tests will start today.

"That involves testing it from end to end so all the overhead line and underground cable in both Victoria and Tasmania, and also the sub sea cable," he said.

There are reports the project could come on line as early as January.

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