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Friday, December 02, 2005

Testing begins on Basslink power cable.

Testing begins on Basslink power cable. 02/12/2005. ABC News Online

National Grid has begun testing its $780 million Basslink cable between Victoria and Tasmania.

The testing involves a steady increase in the megawattage put down the line.

At 290 kilometres, it is one of the longest sections of undersea power cable in the world.

The total length of cable joining Traralgon in Victoria to George Town on the north coast of Tasmania is 360 kilometres.

Yesterday National Grid began a painstaking two-month test of the connection, starting with an initial 100 megawatts building to 600 megawatts.

The company hopes to have Basslink operating by April next year.

It will facilitate a two-way trade in electricity with Hydro Tasmania expecting to generate and sell power to Victoria during times of peak demand in that state.
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