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Four New Diesel Generators Here For Kinoya Power Plant

The Fiji Electricity Authority has brought in four new diesel generators. Yesterday the first generator was transported from the Suva’s Kings Wharf to the FEA Power Plant in Kinoya. The
26 Feb 2015 10:32
Four New Diesel Generators Here For Kinoya Power Plant
One of the four FEA generators is being transported from Kings Wharf to Kinoya power plant yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

The Fiji Electricity Authority has brought in four new diesel generators. Yesterday the first generator was transported from the Suva’s Kings Wharf to the FEA Power Plant in Kinoya.

The new diesel generators will help reduce the power cuts in Suva and other areas.

Chief Executive Officer, Hasmukh Patel, said: “We are happy that the first machine has arrived and the project is now on its way.”

The transportation of the other three diesel generations will be completed by Saturday and works will begin.

“We expect all four of these machines to be on site by Saturday and the power station will be built around it,

“Obviously we have to do all the electrics to complete the installation of these power stations,” explained Mr Patel.

There is some Transmission Network Development work associated with this which and is going in parallel.

“We are hoping towards September we should have this project completed so we can operate these machines for three months this year for 2015.”

The diesel generating sets use heavy fuel oil to generate electricity. Each one of these sets is rated at 8.75 mega watts.

Mr Patel explained, “We will have some 35 mega watts of additional capacity, in the event we lost Monasavu we can operate Suva in an Island mode using diesel power station.

“Further to these machines as a part of FEA’s contingency plan, last year because we had a prolonged spell of dry weather

“FEA had thought that it might come to a point where it needs to be shut down because of shortage of rain.”

FEA also spent another 35 million dollars in getting 40 mega watts of containerized sets. These have been installed around Viti Levu.

These generators provide additional capacity and could cater for residents if something were to occur.

“I believe we will have enough capacity in Suva that in the event something happens to Monasavu we should be able to run all these diesel power stations in Suva and supply 90% to 95 % of it.”

“Of course we must remember that on a daily basis the demand is growing but I feel that we should be able to cater should we have such an occurrence once again.”

Reason

Through previous experiences of power outages such as post cyclone 2012, FEA decided it was time to invest in the diesel generators to cater the demands.

Mr Patel, added: “So we had to schedule power outages for certain hours of the day because we did not have enough capacity at that point and time,

“FEA decided that we need to tap up or increase the diesel capacity that we had in Suva in the event we had such outages in the future.”

FEA has invested some 60 to 70 million dollars in installing a new power station and the associated transmission network.

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