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FEA Explains Suva Power Disruption

the Fiji Electricity Authority says a fault on its 33,000 volts underground cable will affect power supply to the Suva Business District& suburbs. Yesterday morning there were power cuts in
26 Feb 2015 10:28
FEA Explains Suva Power Disruption
Fiji Electricity Authority chief executive, Hasmukh Patel, with the generator set which has been brought in by Pernix (Fiji) Limited for the authority . Photo: RACHAEL NATH

the Fiji Electricity Authority says a fault on its 33,000 volts underground cable will affect power supply to the Suva Business District& suburbs.

Yesterday morning there were power cuts in some parts of Suva.

FEA chief executive, Hasmukh Patel, said the cable in question supplied power from the Vatuwaqa Substation to Suva Substation.

Mr Patel said the issue yesterday morning was the same as that faced the past Friday, faults in the lines.

He said the cables are running underground from Ellery Street in Suva to Vatuwaqa and are almost 30 years old and the FEA is currently installing new lines.

Mr Patel said: “FEA has no other option but to resort to load shedding as and when required to ease the demand off the remaining healthy transmission circuits to avoid major unplanned blackouts.

“The FEA teams have been working on this fault since 2:00am this morning. At this stage, it is difficult to estimate fault location and repair times.

“FEA is seeking the assistance and support of our major customers including hotels and corporate customers to operate their stand-by generator sets independently to cater for their power requirements.

“Customers may experience intermittent power supply interruptions. However, FEA will endeavour to keep the power interruptions to a minimum.

“The FEA sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused to all our valued customers which is beyond our control.”

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