From Bess Clark, General Manager Project Marinus – TasNetworks

Today TasNetworks announced details on a proposed new transmission route from Hampshire to Staverton.

“TasNetworks is currently investigating a new electricity transmission corridor between Hampshire and Staverton in North Western Tasmania.

“This proposed transmission line will increase the capacity of North West Tasmania’s transmission network, supporting new renewable energy projects such as wind in the far North West and pumped hydro in the west and central regions and Marinus Link, the proposed 1500 MW second Bass Strait electricity interconnector,” Ms Clark said.

“The proposed transmission route must consider a range of factors and constraints.

“TasNetworks must consider environmental impacts, cultural heritage sites, land-use planning requirements, complex energy system requirements, constructability, total project development costs, and many other factors,” added Ms Clark.

“Our design seeks to minimise adverse impacts on landowners, businesses and conservation areas, and we have also taken into account tourism, visual amenity, high value agriculture and broader community values,” said Ms Clark.

All relevant landowners have been contacted and engagement is underway with the wider community, through a series of ongoing engagement activities in the North West of Tasmania.

“Landowner feedback is critical and will help to further refine or confirm sections of the proposed route.

“Community input will also be taken into consideration in finalising a proposed route, and will also help to inform design and construction considerations to reduce impacts, where possible,” said Ms Clark.

TasNetworks encourages interested members of the public to register for our upcoming community workshops to learn more about the proposed upgrades and provide feedback.

Community workshops will be held in Gunns Plains and Ulverstone on 30 November, and Burnie and Sheffield on 7 December.

TasNetworks will be releasing the Business Case Assessment for Marinus Link and supporting transmission in early December 2019, and will continue to promote opportunities for stakeholders to provide feedback on the project, and to outline how this feedback will considered.

Further information about Marinus Link and the proposed transmission upgrades in the North West of Tasmania is available on the TasNetworks website: https://www.tasnetworks.com.au/

ENDS

Media contact – Dan Sinkovits 0417 767 124

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TasNetworks is currently investigating a new electricity transmission corridor between Hampshire and Staverton in North West Tasmania.

TasNetworks has begun the process of contacting landowners directly affected by the proposed transmission line.

The intention was to release the proposed route on Friday 22 November 2019, however further discussion with landowners is required. We endeavour to release the proposed route to the broader community, at this stage, by Friday 29 November 2019.

We appreciate your understanding during this process.

More information about TasNetworks’ upcoming engagement events can be found here.

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From Bess Clark, General Manager Project Marinus – TasNetworks

TasNetworks is very pleased to support the CIGRE Substations 2019 conference held at the iconic Wrest Point Casino in Hobart on November 7-8. CIGRE and its members around Australia, New Zealand, and the world, undertake important work in considering the technical and economic aspects of the end to end power system.

The conference gathers together experts in the industry to discuss solutions to address some of the challenges facing the rapidly transforming power system including the influx of variable renewable generation.

Bess Clark, General Manager of Project Marinus at TasNetworks, opened the conference, and spoke about the important relationship TasNetworks has with CIGRE.

Ms Clark demonstrated the evolution of the power system in Tasmania over the decades by looking at the Emu Bay Substation in Burnie, featured in a Advocate News clipping from 1939.

The substation was originally built to service the pulp industry and now serves the Burnie CBD.

Today in front of the art-deco substation building are the huge turbine blades and tower components destined for the Granville Harbour wind farm, a symbol of the energy transformation underway.

Burnie is also the proposed Tasmanian landing site for the 1500 megawatt Marinus Link undersea interconnector. The opening for the Cradle Coast Future Energy Hub last week in Burnie, by the Minister for Energy, supported by TasNetworks, Hydro Tasmania and the Cradle Coast Authority, celebrated the opportunity for the region to build on Tasmania’s strong renewable energy track record.

Speaking to the CIGRE attendees Ms Clark noted, “As the world transforms, we need to consider how we use our collective knowledge, experience, innovation and passion for great outcomes, to drive a future where customers continue to receive safe, reliable and secure electricity at an affordable price”.

“When I think of the challenges we face, I’m always reassured by the skill, competence and ingenuity of the engineering fraternity to devise clever ways to improve things, manage things in new ways, and continue to drive innovation.

“The CIGRE Substations 2019 conference is one more way to share our knowledge, build and consolidate relationships, and help us to create a fantastic future for our customers and for generations to come,” Ms Clark said.

Steve Davy, Hydro Tasmania CEO, also welcomed guests and spoke about the Battery of the Nation initiative.

Mr Davy outlined plans to further develop Tasmania’s extensive hydro power system, to provide dispatchable pumped hydro ‘deep’ storage to meet Australia’s growing need for clean, dispatchable energy.

The key note speaker was Tasmanian Minister for Energy, the Hon. Guy Barnett M.P. who gave a rousing speech demonstrating Tasmania’s potential as a renewable energy powerhouse, with world class wind and hydro resources making it the Battery of the Nation, unlocked by the proposed 1500 MW Marinus Link interconnector.

Minister Barnett highlighted that Tasmania has what the rest of Australia needs: clean, dispatchable, affordable energy.

TasNetworks looks forward to hearing from the speakers and taking part in the discussions as the conference progresses over the coming days.

Media contact – Dan Sinkovits 0417 767 124

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From Lance Balcombe – TasNetworks CEO

Today the Cradle Coast Authority (CCA) will open the Cradle Coast Future Energy Hub in the CCA building in Burnie.

“The Cradle Coast Future Energy Hub has been established to foster greater collaboration and information sharing between renewable energy projects and the community.

“Tasmania’s North West and West Coast has enormous potential as a renewable energy generation and storage powerhouse and Burnie is emerging as a hub for this economic progress including as the connection point for Marinus Link. The renewable energy industry will be at the forefront of the region’s future prosperity, and if projects proceed, will bring thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment.

“The Energy Hub will provide a central place for information sharing with community members and other regional stakeholders. It will enable the community to ask questions and provide feedback about the opportunities that exist in the North West and West Coast regions of Tasmania,” Mr Balcombe said.

This initiative aligns with The Cradle Coast Regional Futures Plan which provides the blueprint for a new, collaborative approach to regional economic development in North West Tasmania.

The Cradle Coast Future Energy Hub will be a shared space where TasNetworks and renewable energy generation businesses can collaborate to share information with the community and stakeholders, and host community and stakeholder engagement activities.

The space will have a dedicated resource – the Regional Economic Development Officer (Future Energy Hub) – the first point of contact for the community, stakeholders and industry. This role will support the work of project proponents, and the recently established CCA Renewable Energy Working Group. The CCA will recruit locally to fill this role with funding support from TasNetworks.

Media contact Dan Sinkovits 0417 767 124

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In February 2019, TasNetworks published its Initial Feasibility Report for Project Marinus, which considers the feasibility of Marinus Link in relation to the technical, environmental, planning and economic elements of the project. 

Submissions from the following companies and organisations:

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A current general timeline can be found here

A major milestone is approaching with the launch of our Initial Feasibility Report in February 2019.  This report conveys the findings of the analysis undertaken so far covering technical, environmental, planning and economic matters. In 2019, we will be engaging with the communities in Victoria and Tasmania via a number of public forums to provide more information and seek feedback on Project Marinus ahead of our Business Case Assessment report, in December 2019.

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