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Power restored in some parts of Fiji, repairs continue

Electricity supply has been restored in parts of Labasa, Savusavu, Levuka, Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka, Suva, Nasinu, Wailekutu, Lami, Navua and in Pacific Harbour. In a statement, the Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) urged the public to treat all broken power lines as live and to exercise appropriate precaution by staying away and keeping others away from […]

Peni Shute

February 23, 2016 9:27 am

Electricity supply has been restored in parts of Labasa, Savusavu, Levuka, Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka, Suva, Nasinu, Wailekutu, Lami, Navua and in Pacific Harbour.

In a statement, the Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) urged the public to treat all broken power lines as live and to exercise appropriate precaution by staying away and keeping others away from all broken power lines.

FEA CEO Hasmukh Patel and a team of engineers were able to take a helicopter ride to patrol and inspect the 132,000 Volts transmission line and the sub‑transmission lines in the Western Division.

FEA said as anticipated, damages to the power network were extensive.

They have three steel transmission towers that are damaged. Two fallen towers on the Nadarivatu line has cut off supply from the Nadarivatu Hydro Power Scheme.

A fallen power pole during the FEA's helicopter inspection. Source: Fiji Electricity Authority.
A fallen power pole during the FEA’s helicopter inspection. Source: Fiji Electricity Authority.

Similarly, there is a fallen tower on the Wailoa to Vuda transmission line which has cut off supply from the Wailoa Power Station to the Western Division.

Repair works will commence from today. The repair works would take up to three weeks.

On a positive note, the transmission line from Wailoa to Cunningham is intact and has been brought into service. This means additional generation capacity for the Central Division.

The power line that transports power from Vuda towards Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki has been damaged. Twelve out of the two hundred and ninety-six poles are down on this line. Repairs works will begin today.

The FEA wishes to remind the public to treat all broken power lines as live and to exercise appropriate precaution by staying away and keeping others away from all broken power lines. Do not touch any FEA Line on the ground.

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