link is undergoing extensive assessment due to a number of environmental concerns including fears the monopole design would lead to corrosion of undersea pipelines and affect sea life in the Bass Strait. A draft determination report on Basslink is to be released this month, with a final decision expected in late 2002. If approved, Basslink will be constructed in 2003/04. Andrew Pattle, spokesman for Hydro Tassie, says the company is confident the Basslink project will be approved, but it has other potential sites for the turbines if Basslink does not go ahead. The company is investigating further sites in Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. The large order of V66 1.75 MW turbines was placed to allow for the stimulation of a Vestas nacelle manufacturing industry in the state. The turbines will be delivered in 2003 and 2004. The A$27 million stage one of the project will be fully commissioned in June 2002.
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