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Bevan, Richard
History of electricity transmission in Tasmania
16th Engineering Heritage Australia Conference: Conserving Our Heritage - Make a Difference!
Engineers Australia, Barton, Australian Capital Territory, 2011, pp. 458-463

Transmission lines are the means of conveying electricity long distances from power stations to substations near customers' loads. In 1916 Tasmania constructed the first major high voltage long distance transmission line in Australia, traversing 100km from Waddamana in the Central Highlands to Creek Road in Hobart. The paper will describe the expansion of the initial 88kV system, the subsequent 110kV transmission lines and later the development of a 220kV network. These changes were made in response to the establishment of particular industries, the construction of new power schemes across the State, the steady growth in demand for power and improvements in transmission technology. Connecting Tasmania to the National Electricity market via Basslink in 2006 required the application of significant innovation and engineering expertise. Transend Networks is now the owner of a vast array of transmission lines and substations which form a substantial part of Tasmania's engineering heritage assets.

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