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Unplanned Power Outages – Vehicles Colliding Against EFL Power Poles & Underground Cable Damaged

There was an unplanned power outage around 12:53 pm yesterday, Tuesday 18th August 2020 due to a vehicle colliding with an EFL power pole near Moala Street and Lakeba Street
19 Aug 2020 14:36
Unplanned Power Outages – Vehicles Colliding Against EFL Power Poles & Underground Cable Damaged

There was an unplanned power outage around 12:53 pm yesterday, Tuesday 18th August 2020 due to a vehicle colliding with an EFL power pole near Moala Street and Lakeba Street junction, Samabula.

This caused a power disruption to our valued customers who are provided power supply in the Samabula area. Customers in the following areas were affected by this unplanned power outage:\­­­=

Part of Lakeba Street from Ratu Mara Road junction to Dahia Shoes Footwear factory and part of Ratu Mara Road from Lakeba Street junction to Namena Road junction.

EFL teams were dispatched immediately to attend to this damaged power supply infrastructure. Repair works were completed by 7:37 pm yesterday evening, Tuesday 18th August 2020 and power supply fully restored.

In a separate incident, there was another vehicle colliding with an EFL power pole in Waicoba, Valley Road, Sigatoka at 6:25 pm yesterday, Tuesday 18th August 2020.

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Once again, this caused power disruption to our valued customers in the surrounding areas from Waicoba to Keiyasi in Sigatoka. Customers affected by this unplanned power outage were in the following areas:

Valley High School, Rararua, Dreke Village, Navidiri Settlement, Narata, Nabaka Settlement, Tubairata, Raunitogo, Nahau, Saminilaya, Vunarewa Village, Toga, Natasini Settlement, Natawatawadi, Maqalimare Primary School, Sautabu Village, Koronisagana Village, Sydney Settlement, Rarabasaga Settlement, Naveyago Village, Koroua Settlement, Bemana, Nalebaleba, Wanewane, Tonuve, Tovatova,  Nasaucoko, Keiyasi, Navosa Hospital, Keiyasi Government Station, & Vatubalavu.

EFL teams were dispatched immediately to attend to this damaged power pole. Repair works was completed by 12:50am and power supply fully restored early this morning, Wednesday 19th August, 2020.

Third-Party Digging into EFL Power Cable

In another serious incident, a road construction contractor dug into a high voltage underground power cable at 2:02 am on Tuesday morning in Labasa causing an unplanned power outage to our customers from Labasa Town to Tabia including Naseakula, Delailabasa, Tuatua, Lajonia, Wailevu, Solove, Tabucola, Qelewaqa, Vatudova, Vuiqari and Soisoi.

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EFL teams were dispatched immediately to attend to this fault, and power supply to the affected customers was restored by 4:03 am via alternate back-feed.

EFL teams worked throughout Tuesday and into early Wednesday morning to repair the damaged cable. Repairs were completed and the cable was re-energised at 2:28 am this morning, Wednesday 19th September 2020.

EFL kindly requests drivers and machine operators to exercise caution while driving and maneuvering vehicles and when carrying out excavation work to avoid causing damages to EFL assets resulting in unplanned power outages. EFL advises the public that we will take appropriate action to recover repair costs associated with damages to our assets, as well as report the same to relevant authorities (Police, Labour Department, etc.) for them to investigate and take appropriate action.

The EFL sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused to all our valued customers due to these unplanned power outages, which were beyond our control.

Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj


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