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Basslink back up and running again after mechanical failure


Source: ABC, 24 June 2016

Power is again flowing between Tasmania and Victoria, with the Basslink cable back online.

The undersea cable started operating again early Thursday evening after an almost 36-hour outage.

This time the problem was not with the cable itself but equipment at Victoria's converter station.

The company was quick to stress there was no link to the December outage which, combined with record-low Hydro dam levels, plunged Tasmania into an energy crisis.

Basslink said this latest issue was not unusual.

"This was a relatively straightforward mechanical failure, and Basslink had sufficient spare parts to carry out the repair," it said in a statement.

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