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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Tasmanian Energy Comes To Victoria's Aid - Bryan Green, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Tasmanian Energy Comes To Victoria's Aid - Bryan Green, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

The Tasmanian Government today advised that arrangements have been put in place to support a limited amount of power being exported to Victoria across Basslink in the event of an emergency in that State this summer.

Energy Minister Bryan Green said while full commissioning of the project had not been completed, testing to date on Basslink had indicated that around 200MW could be safely transported across the link if urgently required.

The Minister’s comments followed an announcement by the Victorian Government that it had boosted its electricity reserves to meet growing demand during the peak summer period.

One of the measures was capacity from Basslink being made available. This would involve the project’s owners – National Grid Australia – being directed by the National Electricity Market Management Company (NEMMCO) to enable power to be provided from Tasmania even though Basslink has not been fully commissioned.

“The Basslink commissioning process is continuing and Hydro Tasmania has advised that a number of technical and commercial issues still need to be resolved,” Mr Green said.

“However, Tasmania would be able to provide limited capacity across Basslink if required in the event of an emergency in Victoria.

“This would have no impact on the State’s capacity to provide power within Tasmania at the same time. Recent good rains have boosted water storages, which are now sitting around 5 per cent higher than the same time last year.”

Mr Green said Hydro Tasmania was working with National Grid Australia to ensure the project met its contractual specifications before final acceptance.

The projected commissioning date for Basslink remains at the end of April 2006 though National Grid Australia has previously indicated it may be ready earlier.



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