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FEA to use diesel generators over Easter

There will not be any planned power outages over the Easter weekend as the electricity demand to the Viti Levu customers will be supplied using diesel generators and the Wainikasou and Nadarivatu Hydro Power Stations. In a statement released by Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) the Chief Executive Officer, Hasmukh Patel has confirmed saying that major maintenance works […]

Peni Shute

March 24, 2016 9:24 am

There will not be any planned power outages over the Easter weekend as the electricity demand to the Viti Levu customers will be supplied using diesel generators and the Wainikasou and Nadarivatu Hydro Power Stations.

In a statement released by Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) the Chief Executive Officer, Hasmukh Patel has confirmed saying that major maintenance works will be carried out at its Wailoa Power Station during the Easter weekend from 9:30pm tonight, the 24th of March 2016 to next week Monday (28/03/2016).

FEA will be replacing a main inlet valve at its Wailoa Power Station. This critical work needs to be carried out over this long weekend as this exercise is time consuming and the electricity demand will be lower than on a normal working day.

Mr. Patel said the Monasavu Hydroelectric Scheme and the Wailoa Power Station will not be operational.

At this stage, we do not anticipate any planned power outages or any load shedding over the weekend as the available gensets will be able to cater for the electricity demand in Viti Levu during the Easter break.

However, should one of our operating gensets break-down for some reason, then an unplanned power outage could be expected in some areas. The FEA will endeavour its best to keep such unplanned outages to a minimum.

Mr Patel said that the FEA wishes to allay all fears that are brewing amongst the community at large that FEA will be opening its Monasavu Lake to flood the Wailoa River during the Easter weekend.

This is NOT SO. In fact, the Monasavu Hydro Dam will be shut down and no water will be discharged into the Wailoa River from Friday morning.

For the information of our valued customers and the public at large, the Wailoa Power Station discharges water into the Wailoa River daily when it operates and this does not result in any sort of flooding anywhere.

Further enquiries can be made through FEA’s customer contact centre on 132333.

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