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Lighting Strikes Cause Unplanned Power Outages

Due to adverse weather conditions, EFL’s customers in the Western Division of Viti Levu have experienced two major outages on January 15 and 17, 2019. On Tuesday January 15, 2019,
19 Jan 2019 12:42
Lighting Strikes Cause Unplanned Power Outages
Energy Fiji Limited

Due to adverse weather conditions, EFL’s customers in the Western Division of Viti Levu have experienced two major outages on January 15 and 17, 2019.

On Tuesday January 15, 2019, at 1512 hours, the 132,000 Volts transmission line from Nadarivatu to Vuda in the Western Division tripped due to suspected lightning activity, therefore affecting power

supply to all the customers in the Western Division of Viti Levu from Namatakula in Sigatoka to Rakiraki, including Korolevu, Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki.

The same event affected certain parts of Suva. The power supply to all affected customers by this event was restored by 1605 hours.

On Thursday January 17, 2019,

at 1630 hours, the 132,000 Volts transmission line from Nadarivatu to Vuda in the Western Division again tripped due to suspected lightning activity, therefore affecting power supply to all the customers in the Western Division of Viti Levu, from Namatakula in Sigatoka to Rakiraki including Korolevu, Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki.

The same event affected certain parts of Suva.

The power supply to all affected customers by this event was restored by 1709 hours.

After the restoration of the 132,000 Volts transmission line from Nadarivatu to Vuda, EFL teams have conducted detailed visual inspec- tions of the 132,000 Volts transmission line to confirm that there is no

faulty hardware and the transmission line is clear of any vegetation. The EFL apologise for any inconvenience caused to all its valued customers due to these unplanned power outages which are beyond

its control.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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