The Basslink sale saga continues.
Since the Basslink for Sale post back in September the mooted sale to APA has been abandoned, and Basslink P/L (BL) is now under the control of Receivers and Managers (KPMG) appointed by BL’s banks.
Back in late October BL still hadn’t managed to refinance its existing bank loans as required. The sale to APA had fallen through. The final straw was when Hydro Tasmania (HT) and the State government finally ran out of patience with BL for non-payment of amounts awarded against them following legal action in the wake of 2016 interconnector outage and announced they were going to start legal action to recover amounts owed.
It was a Mexican standoff. The banks wanted their money. Creditors were getting impatient. BL’s owners didn’t want to contribute any more. BL was insolvent.