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Basslink says Interconnector expected to be back up by 30 Sept

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Basslink, the company that manages the undersea data and power cable that links Tasmania to the Australian mainland, says that the Basslink Interconnector is expected to return to service on 30 September after a breakdown in August.

The company's chief executive Malcolm Eccles said in a statement: "We are pleased that the Basslink Interconnector, with the help from our stakeholders, including Hydro Tasmania, will resume normal operations two weeks earlier than expected.

"This is a credit to our repair team, who continues to work around the clock and has demonstrated their unwavering commitment to get the electricity interconnector back online as soon possible.”

The Interconnector, an undersea data and telecommunications cable that connects Tasmania to the Australian mainland, is comprised of a high-voltage direct current cable, a low-voltage metallic return and a fibre optic cable.

A failure was experienced in the low-voltage cable which caused the system's direct current protection system to trip on 24 August.

The failure was located in an above-ground section of the cable in the transition station in Gifford, Victoria.

At the time of the incident, Basslink notified the Australian Energy Market Operator that the Interconnector would be offline until mid-October and said it would be undertaking more testing to see if the date for returning to service would change.

The telecommunications cable was not affected and has continued to operate as usual.

Basslink and Hydro Tasmania are locked in a dispute over a previous failure in December 2015. The company issued a notice of dispute to Hydro Tasmania a little over a year ago.

A spokesperson told iTWire that there had been no further development in the matter since then.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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