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No threat to Tasmania’s energy security

Guy Barnett, Minister for Energy

The latest update from Basslink in terms of the return to service of the cable is very disappointing.

I would however like to make it very clear - there is no threat to Tasmania’s energy security.

Through the Government’s prudent approach to energy security following on from the Energy Security Taskforce recommendations we are well placed to manage such events.

Hydro Tasmania advises that its dam storages are “extremely secure’’ at 37 per cent, which is well above the Prudent Storage Level as we approach the wettest months of the year.

The main gas turbine at the Tamar Valley Power Station is available for service at short notice in the event it is required.  The smaller open cycle turbines are currently generating or available.

Basslink plays an important role in Tasmania’s energy security and I urge Basslink to spare no effort in accelerating its return to service.

Energy security is a top priority and will not be compromised under the Hodgman Government.