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FEA Completed Maintenance Works

FEA Completed Maintenance Works
May 17
11:00 2017

The following is a statement from the Fiji Electricity Authority chief executive officer Hasmukh Patel:

The Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) wishes to advise its valued customers in the Western Division that the above maintenance works undertaken on May 14, 2017 was successfully completed.

As part of the Monasavu Hydro Electric Power Scheme Half Life Refurbishment work, the FEA had carried out the replacement of the 132,000V circuit breaker at the 132kV/33kV Vuda Zone Substation and simultaneously carried out repair and maintenance work on the 132kV Nadarivatu – Vuda Transmission line.

A new circuit breaker at Vuda Substation was successfully connected and commissioned from 6am to 6pm, and we wish to thank our valued customers for their kind assistance.

In order to carry out this replacement, FEA Engineers de-energised the 132,000 volts transmission line from the Nadarivatu Power Station to the Vuda Substation.

This meant that FEA was not able to transmit electricity from the Wailoa and Nadarivatu Hydro Power Stations to the Western Division.

During this time, we relied on our Diesel Power Stations at Sigatoka, Qeleloa, Nadi, Vuda, and Rakiraki to supply electricity to our Western Division Customers from Namatakula to Waimecia in Rakaraki.

The replacement of the old circuit breaker with a new one will reduce the power outages due to lightning strikes, which are mainly transient in nature, as the affected line(s) will be automatically re-energised within 1 second via the auto-reclose facility in the circuit breaker.

Furthermore, maintenance was also simultaneously carried out on the 132kV Nadarivatu – Vuda Transmission line to ensure defects are rectified to improve the reliability of this transmission line and reduce the number of unplanned power outages that have been experienced presently on this line and as a result causing blackouts in the Western Division.

The available diesel generation capacity in the Western Division was not sufficient to meet the power demand of all our Customers in the Western Division on that particular Sunday. As a result, the FEA had to adopt a rotational planned power outage to meet the supply and demand. Some customers in the Western Division did not have power supply for two to four hours during the planned maintenance period.

FEA had also sought the assistance and support of all its major customers including hotels and corporate customers to operate their stand-by generator sets independently to cater for their power requirements on Sunday, May 14, from 4am to 8pm. FEA wishes to acknowledge its appreciation of the support from these major customers.

FEA sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused as a result of these planned maintenance works that was undertaken on Sunday May 14, 2017 and once again acknowledges and appreciates the support provided by all our valued customers in the Western Division.

Source: Fiji Electricity Authority

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