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Energy Fiji Limited, Ahead Of Its Own Deadline

In just over seven days, EFL has restored electricity to over 92 per cent of areas affected by power outage since Tropical Cyclone Sarai.
05 Jan 2020 12:56
Energy Fiji Limited, Ahead Of Its Own Deadline
Energy Fiji Limited chief executive officer Haskmukh Patel points out the damaged overhead power lines running from Monasavu hydropower station to the Western Division following Tropical Cyclone Sarai. Photo:Fernando Lobendahn

More customers of Energy Fiji Limited will have some respite today as electricity is restored following a national power outage after Tropical Cyclone Sarai.

Even Nadarivatu, where restoration was expected to take another week, should be powered up by today, said EFL’s corporate affairs and communications manager Karunesh Rao yesterday.

Close to 40 settlements at Nadarivatu are still disconnected from the power grid, as 50 per cent of the area are still without electricity.

Nadarivatu was affected by a landslide among other challenges following TC Sarai.

Electricity for most of the mainland was disrupted at around 8pm on December 27, as TC Sarai approached the Fiji group.

TC Sarai was a category two cyclone.

The decision to shut down electricity from the Monasavu hydro power station eight days ago followed an executive decision by EFL chief executive officer Haskmukh Patel to switch off power from the hydro power station because of rising water levels that aggravated efforts for EFL to churn out water pumped from the hydro station.

Major areas restored

While the majority of areas affected have been restored with electricity, reconnection hinged largely on favourable weather, EFL said.

Sigatoka, Rakiraki and Tavua have been restored with 100 per cent electricity, EFL said.

In just over seven days, EFL has restored electricity to over 93 percent of area that was without electricity since TC Sarai.

Ba area

In Ba, 92 per cent of electricity has been restored except for Korobuya, Matavelo settlement, Nanuku, Nalotawa and Yaloko Village. EFL said 100 per cent electricity is expected to be restored today.

Lautoka area

In Lautoka, 95 percent of electricity has been restored with reconnection expected this weekend for EFL Repeater Station and Lololo FBC Repeater Station.

Nadi has 90 per cent restoration with the following areas remaining for reconnection:

  • Masimasi,
  • Naboutini Settlement,
  • Korobebe Sabeto Hill,
  • Holika, Keolaiya,
  • Part of Nadele,
  • Nawaicoba,
  • Tunalia,
  • Waibau,
  • Nawaqadamu Village,
  • Buruwa Memorial School,
  • Uto Village and Camp Site.

Mr Rao said TC Sarai helped identify weak areas within the EFL network.

“One cyclone can tell you the standard of infrastructure because no one had seen the need to fix it prior to a cyclone,” he said.

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