Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania



18 April 2016

Matthew Groom, Minister for Energy

Energy Supply Plan update

Through our Energy Supply Plan the Government is doing everything necessary to maintain energy security.

Water storage is currently at 13.4 per cent, a reduction of 0.2 per cent from this time last week.  Both inflows and wind production were down for the week and storages have been supported by the additional supplementary generation coming online and load reductions from major industrial users.

This is a clear sign that our Energy Supply Plan is working.

Lake Gordon water levels rose last week by 0.1 per cent to 6.1 per cent while Great Lake water levels reduced by 0.4 per cent to 10.8 per cent.

Over 100MW of diesel generation has already been installed.  Work continues on installing additional generation to reach 200 MW by the end of April.  Three 25 MW dual fuel diesel/gas units with a combined output of 75MW are being installed at Bell Bay.  It’s expected that the dual fuel units will be fully installed by the end of April and operational in May. This will bring the total capacity to approximately 220 MW.

Repair on the Basslink cable continues with the Ile De Re currently on site undertaking the first jointing phase of the repair process. Basslink continues to advise that the repair process remains on track to see a return to service of Basslink by mid June.

Hydro Tasmania and the Government will continue to provide regular updates on the Energy Supply Plan as the situation evolves. Tasmanians can be assured we will do everything necessary to maintain energy security.



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