Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced that Tasmania’s renewable energy sector will receive a $17 million investment in targeted skills training for Tasmanians.

TasNetworks CEO, Lance Balcombe, said,  “We welcome the announcement from the Prime Minister Scott Morrison supporting skills development of the Tasmanian workforce, in preparation for delivery of critical energy infrastructure projects.”

“To fully realise the job opportunities that these major projects will bring, we need to develop a workforce that is ready to fill the roles required. Part of TasNetworks’ current assessment into Marinus Link looks at identifying the jobs, skills and supply chains that will be needed, ensuring local content is supported.”

It is estimated that Marinus Link will create around a thousand jobs in Tasmania during construction and operation. Marinus Link is the enabling infrastructure that creates the opportunity for the development of Tasmania’s renewable energy and storage potential, including pumped hydro storage and wind farms.

“Marinus Link will enable low-cost, reliable and secure clean energy to support a transforming National Energy Market,” Mr Balcombe said.

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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