SubCableWord has been following the dispute over an outage on the Basslink submarine power cable that connects Tasmania to the rest of Australia.

An investigations into the December 2015 outage led Hydro Tasmania and the State of Tasmania to make certain allegations about the Basslink cable.

Further to the State of Tasmania’s claim against Basslink, Cable Consulting International (CCI), the international cable experts appointed to independently investigate the cable failure that led to the December 2015 outage of the Basslink interconnector, recently completed a further independent investigation and report into the cable failure. CCI is a UK-based firm regarded as one of the world’s leading submarine power cable experts.

The exact cause of the subsea cable failure that led to the December 2015 outage of the Basslink interconnector continues to be described as a ‘cause unknown’ by CCI, entirely refuting the allegations made by Hydro Tasmania and the State of Tasmania, according to a statement by Basslink.

Basslink has provided the complete CCI Report to Hydro Tasmania and the State of Tasmania. Basslink has consistently maintained its position that the cable failure was a Force Majeure Event under the Basslink Services Agreement (BSA) and Basslink Operations Agreement (BOA). The recent CCI Report further supports Basslink’s view that the cable failure was a Force Majeure Event under the BSA and BOA.