Bass Strait is a complex body of water with highly variable and frequently difficult sea conditions related to the metocean characteristics of the region. Basslink’s Inteconnector connects the Tasmanian high voltage transmission network at George Town substation with the Victorian high voltage transmission network at Loy Yang substation and includes fibre optic assets which carry high speed telecommunication traffic. With the hope that no call needs to be made, Basslink created a partnership with Red Penguin Marine to provide offshore repair management services. 

This partnership will allow Red Penguin to work alongside Basslink to provide services that include the provision of repair project management and offshore support in the event of an outage requiring a subsea cable system repair. Red Penguin CEO, Chris Sturgeon said “While we would not wish Basslink to have any requirement to call us, in the event they do we are confident in our ability to support the Basslink team with our long experience in HVDC cable repair management.” This partnership will be able to further enhance the skills and expertise that Basslink’s in-house specialists already have in the offshore energy sector. 

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