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 Butler is the assistant editor for Utility Magazine. She’s based in Melbourne, Australia.