TasNetworks and the Burnie City Council have identified the old Tioxide site at Heybridge as a potential location for the Marinus Link converter stations, with plans to redevelop it now underway.
Once all the design and approvals criteria have been met, the historic Tioxide site, which has lain dormant for many years, will be re-energised and given a new purpose as the connection point where Marinus Link joins the TasNetworks Transmission Network.
Construction could begin as early as 2023-24, and is expected to create jobs and boost the economy in the Burnie area.
The Tasmanian Government said this is an important step in progressing a shovel-ready Marinus Link and is another step in the State Government’s vision to make Tasmania a Renewable Energy Powerhouse and the Battery of the Nation.
There will be two convertor stations, which will see significant investment, with construction estimated to be up to $200 million each.
Marinus Link is the key to Tasmania’s biggest economic opportunity during the next decade and will play a vital role as as the state rebuilds from COVID-19, by injecting up to $1.4 billion into the economy and creating up to 1,400 direct and indirect jobs across the state with the majority in regional Tasmania.
The Tasmanian Government said it adds to the significant progress it has already made in driving Tasmania’s renewable energy future, with the state now 100 per cent self-sufficient in renewable energy and with a doubled renewable generation target to 200 per cent of the state’s current needs by 2040.