Water Storage Levels Stands At 12.8% To 25 April 2016

Water Storage Levels Stands At 12.8% To 25 April 2016

Tasmania Minister for Energy Matthew Groom

Energy Supply Plan Update

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Energy Matthew Groom said that water storage as at 25 April was 12.8 %.

“This is due to lower than average inflows and low wind output due to the still conditions. Forecasts show that there is a good chance of significant rainfall later this week.”

“The projection has been for storages to reach a low of approximately 12 % by early May, with half of average inflows, and this continues to be the case.” Mr. Groom said.

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

“Our Energy Supply Plan is working and delivering energy security for Tasmania.” Mr. Groom said.

Installation work on three 25 MW dual fuel units at Bell Bay will continue with the units on schedule to come online during May.

This will bring the total capacity of additional diesel generation to approximately 220 MW. This additional capacity will be used optimally in combination with existing hydro, wind and gas generation for the purpose of ensuring ongoing energy security.

“On Wednesday last week the Trent unit at Tamar Valley Power Station was taken offline in order to replace a faulty valve. The Trent was repaired and returned to service on Friday last week and has been operating since then.” Mr. Groom said.

Basslink has advised that repair work on the interconnector is on schedule. Last week, the first of three jointing operations was completed successfully. Basslink continues to advise that the return to service date of the interconnector is mid-June.

“Hydro Tasmania and the Government will continue to provide regular updates on the Energy Supply Plan. Tasmanians can be assured we will do everything necessary to maintain energy security.” Mr. Groom said.