FEA Repair Bill Stands At $30m
The total repair bill for the Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) to restore power in cyclone hit areas stands at $30 million.
FEA chief executive officer, Hasmukh Patel told Parliament yesterday while making submissions before the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs.
Mr Patel’s response comes after a question was raised by Opposition Member of Parliament, Prem Singh.
“At the end of August, it was around $27.5 million. My estimate was that it will cost close to $30 million and I am pretty close to it because we still have those steel towers to be replaced,” Mr Patel said.
“Our main transmission line that is supported by these steel towers, we lost five of them in the Category Five cyclone, but to get the power rolling very quickly especially in Ba, Tavua and those areas, we did temporary structures that were put up between one to two weeks,” he said.
Mr Patel said the steel towers needed to be restored again to its normal state and works had already started.
It had been redesigned.
He said it was expected to be completed early next year.
Opposition MP, Viliame Gavoka asked how the Authority would cater to source power to business houses due to the vast developments in Fiji.
Mr Patel said they were confident enough to provide power to these business houses.
He also said there were currently no expatriates employed by the Authority.
“Our employees are local and they are very marketable. We need to look after them,” Mr Patel said.
Edited by Caroline Ratucadra