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Basslink executives assure Premier Bass Strait over cable repair

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by April 9, 2016 General

Senior Basslink executives are assuring Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman that the Bass Strait power cable to Victoria will be repaired by mid-June.

Mr Hodgman said the executives assured him in a meeting in Singapore that without further problems, the cable would be up and running by mid-year.

A tear “the size of a human thumb” was responsible for shutting the cable down for more than three months and was a “one-off” event, according to Basslink operators.

In combination with record-low Hydro Tasmania dam levels, the State Government has imported diesel generators to cope with the power crisis.

The cable had been delivering about 40 per cent of Tasmania’s power until the failure in December.

The Premier met Lee Boon Yang, chairman of Keppel Corporation, and Khor Un-Hun, chief executive of Keppel Infrastructure Fund Management and trustee-manager of Keppel Infrastructure Trust (KIT), the owners of Basslink.

“Basslink has been working around the clock since the fault was first detected,” he said.

“While repairing the cable is a complex process, progress is being made and Basslink has again confirmed that failing any further adverse events, the repair work is expected to be completed on time.”

Mr Hodgman said the Government was brining online more than enough power generation to the Basslink outage and the lower-than-average rainfalls.

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