Energy Supply Plan update

2 May 2016

An update on the energy supply situation was provided on 2 May by the Energy Minister Matthew Groom.

Key points:

  • Total energy in storage is currently at 13 per cent, an increase of 0.2 per cent since last week.
  • This is due to good rainfall and significant inflows to storages over the past three days. Forecasts suggest there will be additional rainfall in catchment areas this week.
  • Progress has been made installing three 25 MW dual fuel units at the decommissioned Bell Bay Power Station site. The three units are on target to be online in mid-May. The Environmental Protection Authority announced approval for their operation.
  • Hydro Tasmania expects to have 220 MW of additional generation online by mid-May, additional capacity will be used optimally in combination with existing hydro, wind and gas generation.
  • The Trent unit at the Tamar Valley Power Station was shut down after an exhaust gas leak was identified but is expected to return to service by the end of the week.
  • Basslink Pty Ltd has advised that the next phase of repairs to the interconnector will commence this week, subject to weather conditions. Basslink continues to advise that the return to service date of the interconnector is mid-June.

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