TasNetworks has released its Initial Feasibility Report which considers a second Bass Straight electricity interconnector, Marinus Link.

The commitment by the Commonwealth Government of $56 million to fast track the Marinus Link has been named a “positive step” by Energy Networks Australia.

Energy Networks Australia CEO, Andrew Dillon, said, “This project has the potential to bring up to 1200MW more renewable energy into the National Energy Market.”

“Interconnection between markets provides greater flexibility, better reliability and can deliver more affordable electricity for customers.”

The announcement follows the launch in early February 2019 of Project EnergyConnect by ElectraNet and TransGrid for a new interconnector between SA and NSW.

“There is a worldwide trend towards increasing interconnection to manage growing levels of variable renewable generation and it is pleasing to see growing recognition of that need here in Australia,” Mr Dillon said.

Lauren Butler

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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