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Handover Specialised Vehicles, Equipment To Expedite FEA Restoration Efforts

The Fiji Electricity Authority yesterday received seven specialised vehicles, tools and equipment worth UD$670,000 (FJ$1.02 million) to assist FEA with the power restoration works. The timely donation came from the
31 May 2016 09:27
Handover Specialised Vehicles, Equipment To Expedite FEA Restoration Efforts
From left:Fiji Electricity Authority chief executive officer Hasmukh Patel, Assistant Minister for Works, Transport and Public Utilities Vijay Nath, Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport, Parveen Kumar, Deputy High Commissioner Karinda D’aloisio, Permament Secretary Paul Bayly and board chaiman Nizam-ud-Dean at the handing ovey yesterday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

The Fiji Electricity Authority yesterday received seven specialised vehicles, tools and equipment worth UD$670,000 (FJ$1.02 million) to assist FEA with the power restoration works.

The timely donation came from the Energy Association of Australia (ENA) which is working in partnership with the Australian Government to assist in our relief efforts post Cyclone Winston.

The seven heavy trucks includes crane borers, elevated work platforms and a general service vehicle worth AU$400,000 (FJ$612,000).

The specialised tools and equipment includes electrical testing equipment, hydraulic cutting tools, drills and pole saws worth AU$270,000 (FJ$411,000).

Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport, Parveen Kumar, received the donation on behalf of FEA and the Government.

Mr Kumar said Cyclone Winston had caused tremendous damage to FEA power infrastructure.

The damage included to the electricity generation assets, transmission towers and lines, sub-transmission poles and lines which affected the entire national power distribution network.

FEA chief executive, Hasmukh Patel, said the donated vehicles and equipment would expedite FEA’s efforts in the power restoration exercise to all affected areas.

Mr Patel said the Australian Government also provided a three men team to assist with the restoration work.

He said part of the package also included a specialised training in the use and operation of these vehicles that would begin in early June for FEA staff.

“Out of 172,000 customers, we have restored approximately 164,000 customers, thus these vehicles will assist will restoration work that is left for the 9000 customers in Fiji,” he said.

The acting Australia High Commissioner to Fiji, Karinda D’Alsoisio, thanked the Energy Networks Association for its contribution saying she hoped it would encourage other business-business collaboration.

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