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Main Power Lines Out of Circuit

The FEA was able to energise the main transmission line from the Wailoa Power Station normalising power in the Central Division late Sunday night. The Fiji Electricity Authority sincerely apologises
06 Apr 2016 10:46
Main Power Lines Out of Circuit
FEA chief executive, Hasmukh Patel yesterday. Photo: RANOBA BAOA

The FEA was able to energise the main transmission line from the Wailoa Power Station normalising power in the Central Division late Sunday night.

The Fiji Electricity Authority sincerely apologises for the power disruptions caused to valued customers because of the prevailing weather conditions, says Hasmukh Patel.

The FEA chief executive officer said they lost power supply from the Wailoa Power Station to Cunningham in Suva and Vuda in Lautoka which caused power disruptions to most parts of Viti Levu on Sunday  April 3.

“These unplanned outages was because of the inclement weather conditions experienced on the day,” he said.

The FEA was able to energise the 132,000-volt main transmission line from the Wailoa Power Station to Cunningham in Suva, normalising power supply in the Central Division late Sunday night.

Unfortunately the transmission line from Wailoa to Vuda that evacuates power from the Wailoa Power Station to Vuda in Lautoka via Nadarivatu is not fully in circuit.

The portion of transmission line from Wailoa to Nadarivatu is still out of circuit, which means that there is limited power generation capacity to meet the demand for customers in the Western Division.

Fortunately the Nadarivatu to Vuda transmission line is in circuit and FEA are evacuating power out of Nadarivatu Hydro Power Station.

With the available generation capacity, FEA have been able to prioritise and supply power to initial services such as hospitals, water and sewerage treatment plants, towns/cities, etc using the available diesel gensets in Vuda, Qeleloa and Nadi and the Nadarivatu Power Station.

Power supply to Rakiraki was from the diesel gensets in Rakiraki, but this had to be turned off due to rising flood waters. Most of the Sigatoka area is supplied power from diesel gensets at the Sigatoka Power Station.

Repair and restoration works to the distribution lines affected by Cyclone Winston has been temporarily suspended due the weather condition and will resume once the weather improves.

Source: Fiji Electricity Authority

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