History

The concept for a Bass Strait electricity interconnection has a long history, Studies for it date back to the 1960’s when the Tasmanian Government first examined the possibility of linking Tasmania’s electricity supply with mainland Australia.

From 1991 to 1993 the State Electricity Corporation of Victoria and the Tasmanian Hydro Electric Corporation undertook investigations for an electricity transmission interconnector to link Tasmania to mainland Australia.

In April 1997 the Tasmanian Government committed to participating in the NEM via an interconnector with Victoria. Later that year the Victorian Government agreed to develop a coordinated environmental assessment with the Tasmanian and Commonwealth Governments.

On 28th February 2000, the Tasmanian Premier announced the appointment of the National Grid as the builder, owner and operator of Basslink, and first commercial transfer of electricity occurred on the 28th April 2006.

In 2007 Keppel Infrastructure Trust (formally know as CitySpring) acquired Basslink from National Grid and on the 3rd July 2009 Basslink Telecoms commences commercial operation.

For more detail please click on the picture below.

Basslink Timeline