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Generators Airlifted to Hobart to Help Restore Power

Fri 11 January 2013

Lara Giddings

Premier

Premier Lara Giddings said mobile generators airlifted into Hobart today would play a key role in restoring reliable power supplies to the Tasman Peninsula.

"We are delighted the Federal Government and the Defence Force have responded so quickly to our request for this assistance," Ms Giddings said.

"This is a massive logistical exercise involving the RAAF, Ergon Energy who owns the generators, Aurora, Tasmania Police and other emergency services.

Ms Giddings said the two state-of-the-art 20-tonne generators were based in regional Queensland for emergencies such as the bushfires that struck Tasmania.

"The arrival of the generators will help ensure reliable electricity services are re-established as quickly as possible as work continues to rebuild the trunk line to the Tasman Peninsula.

"The generators are on loan to Aurora for as long as needed and will provide a crucial back up while the poles and wires network is rebuilt and connected.

"The rebuilding of the line is well ahead of expectations and we are hopeful power will be restored to the electricity network serving the Tasman Peninsula below Eaglehawk Neck over the weekend.

"Every available resource has been thrown at the task but it could not have happened as quickly without the fantastic efforts of the people on the ground.

"Aurora staff from all over the State and contractors have left their families and foregone holidays to help. They are working extremely hard in difficult circumstances to get the power back on.

"I cannot thank them enough for their hard work to restore power in difficult circumstances.

"More than 100 km of the network and 600 power poles were destroyed out by the fires."

Ms Giddings said it would take further time to restore power via spur lines to other communities.

"Everyone is working as fast as they can to get the job done because the restoration of power supplies to residents on the peninsula is an important part of the overall recovery effort," Ms Giddings said.