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EFL Machinery That Caused Blackout To Be Sent To Sydney For Repairs

EFL Machinery That Caused Blackout To Be Sent To Sydney For Repairs
EFL chief executive officer Hasmukh Patel
July 09
11:01 2018

Energy Fiji Limited plans to send one of it’s two transform­ers to Sydney for repairs af­ter it experienced a failure which resulted in temporary widespread power outage.

This was highlighted by the EFL chief executive officer Hasmukh Pa­tel during a press conference held at their headquarters in Suva yester­day.

Mr Patel said the failed transform­er located at the Cunningham Road Substation in Suva weighed about 80 tonnes.

“At around 5pm on the afternoon of Thurs­day, July 5, EFL experienced a transformer failure at the Cunningham Road Substation in Suva, resulting in a temporary, but wide­spread, power outage across the Central and Western Divisions of Viti Levu which then was restored within an hour and half,” Mr Patel said.

He said last Thursday night, EFL arranged for an expert in transformers from a trans­former company in Sydney in order to seek his assistance.

“After international experts conducted test­ing on the failed transformer, it was deter­mined that extensive damages will require repairs from overseas in order to safely re­store its operation.”

Mr Patel said EFL has already contacted a number of companies in Australia and New Zealand to locate a replacement transformer to remedy the situation as quickly and effi­ciently as possible.

“In the meantime, the public can be assured that this substation is powered by two such transformers, and full operations will con­tinue through a single transformer until a proper repair or replacement is made.

“The remaining transformer will continue to run on a combination of hydro power, provided via transmission line from Wailoa Power Station, and diesel, powered by sta­tions at Kinoya, Rokobili, Deuba, and Koro­vou.

“Due to temperate winter months and be­low-average energy consumption, EFL can easily meet all power needs under the cur­rent arrangement,” Mr Patel said.

He also highlighted that since the winter season in Fiji, EFL would not have any dif­ficulties in the supply of power to meet the demand.

“As such, the Cunningham Road Substation will continue to fully power the Central Divi­sion, stretching across Namatakula, Deuba, Navua, Suva, Nausori, Korovou, as well as halfway to Rakiraki, including the Vunidawa and Naitasiri areas in the interior,” Mr Patel said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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