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Cane Fire Causes Power Outage In Ba To Navesau In Rakiraki

The burnt power poles affect our ability to transmit power from EFL’s Vuda Zone Substation to the Rarawai Zone Substation, Vatukoula & Tavua Substations and the Volivoli Zone Substation in Rakiraki.
04 Oct 2022 14:45
Cane Fire Causes Power Outage In Ba To Navesau In Rakiraki

The Energy Fiji Limited (EFL) wishes to advise its valued customers that an uncontrollable cane fire has burnt two EFL power poles.

This is along the 33,000 volts transmission line which evacuates power supply from the Vuda Zone Substation to Rarawai Zone Substation in Ba all the way to the Volivoli Zone Substation in Rakiraki.

The burnt power poles affect our ability to transmit power from EFL’s Vuda Zone Substation to the Rarawai Zone Substation, Vatukoula & Tavua Substations and the Volivoli Zone Substation in Rakiraki.

 

EFL teams are preparing the required materials and associated logistics to replace the burnt power poles. Power supply to all the affected areas is expected to be restored by this morning, Tuesday 4th October, 2022, weather permitting.

EFL sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience that may be caused as a result of this unplanned power outage which is beyond our control and seeks the cooperation and understanding of all our valued customers in the affected areas.

Customers are reminded to please call 132333 or 913 to report a fire near or on EFL power infrastructure. For emergencies only, call 913.

 

It’s rather unfortunate that we have another fire, the fifth within a span of 30 days, damaging EFL infrastructure which in turn is causing disruption of power supply and an inconvenience to our valued customers and an adverse impact to economic activity.

EFL is requesting members of the public who live along the sugar cane belt areas or along the sugar cane farm residences to take extra precautionary measures when lighting up fires.

We humbly request the public to refrain from burning cane and rubbish near the EFL power poles, which can cause unwarranted damages that compromise safety and is a major hazard, thereby, affecting continuity of power supply.

 

Road users are requested to refrain from throwing cigarette butts onto the grass verge as these could cause uncontrolled fires to start up especially around exposed areas where power poles are located.

Uncontrolled fires are the prime cause of damage to the electricity infrastructure. Apart from being dangerous and life threatening, fires cause unwanted power interruptions to our valued customers.

Anyone caught causing damages to the electricity infrastructure as a result of burning cane or rubbish will be dealt with according to the law.

 

Story by: Energy Fiji Limited

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