Published 21-03-2016

TASMANIAN DAM LEVELS BELOW 15%

15-03-2016

According to hydro Tasmania the state’s dam level as continues to decrease with storage at below 15% for the first time.

The weekly update that is given to the government shows that Hydro had recorded a drop of 0.7% in the last week putting the storage level at a measly 14.8%

Energy analyst Marc White said the drop was disappointing, especially given there were no material inflows.

"Here in Hobart we've seen a little bit of rain," he said.

"We were hoping some of that might have made its way into the dams but clearly not."

The Tasmanian government has said that the first installation of the diseal generator was continuing, with an estimated 200MW by the end of April.

Mr White said the generators' contribution would assist in the power shortage.

"Diesel generations would help us through until end of May," he said.

"What we don't know, of course, is how the rainfalls are going to impact on that situation.

"Now that Basslink have cut the cable we really need some feedback on what they've found and that will determine what the worst case outcome might look like."

He said he believed the state was still some way off power rationing, also admitted running dams at record low levels created risks.

The Government has previously mentioned that storage supplies could dip as low as 6.5%.

 

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