Basslink was established in 2000, when a project team was formed by National Grid (UK) to develop, own and operate the Basslink Interconnector. Initially the company concentrated on obtaining the environmental approvals required for a project of such significance. The company steadily grew as the project met various milestones and it was successfully commissioned in early 2006. Basslink became commercially active in the Australian electricity market on 28 April 2006.
The Basslink Interconnector is at the cutting edge of HVDC transmission. It was the first HVDC interconnector to use the latest Siemens control systems and also the longest submarine power cable in the world, the submarine cable section being 290km long. Basslink connects the 500kV transmission system in Victoria to the 220kV transmission system in Tasmania.
Basslink also owns a subsidiary business Basslink Telecoms, formed in early 2008 and began commercial operations in July 2009. Please see Basslink Telecoms for more information.
Basslink is owned by Keppel Infrastructure Trust, a listed entity on the Singapore stock exchange. The interconnector business and its subsidiary business Basslink Telecoms are managed locally by staff based in Melbourne, Traralgon and George Town.
We have become a trusted, established and well respected business in the areas of Gippsland and Northern Tasmania, also proudly sponsoring several local sports team and events.