Energy Supply Plan update

4 April 2016

An update on the energy supply situation was provided on 4 April by the Energy Minister Matthew Groom.

Key points:

  • There have been welcome inflows into some hydro catchments since the start of April. Total energy in storage at 4 April  is 13.6 per cent. Hydro Tasmania continues to advise that storages are projected to reach 12 per cent by early May and hold at that level. This projection assumes that rainfall will only be equivalent to half of expected annual rainfall for April, similar to the rainfall Hydro’s catchment areas have received since the start of the year.
  • Confirmation that Basslink has identified and removed the fault in the Basslink cable provides more clarity and certainty around the estimated repair date (subject to weather conditions).
  • The Energy Supply Plan continues to be rolled out, with temporary diesel generation now operating at the George Town substation and at the Catagunya and Meadowbank power stations. It is anticipated that by the end of the week a total of 107 MW will be available. Work is progressing on the second tranche of diesel generation, with 200 MW on track to be installed by the end of April.
  • The 58 MW Rolls Royce ‘Trent’ gas unit has been successfully reinstalled at Tamar Valley Power Station and is operating at full output.
  • Hydro Tasmania’s cloud seeding season has begun, with a successful cloud seeding flight undertaken on Saturday 2 April over the catchment areas of lakes Gordon, Pedder, St Clair and King William.

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