$2m repair cost

MAJOR repair works intended for this Easter weekend will cost the Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) more than $2 million, says its chief executive officer Hasmukh Patel.

Mr Patel confirmed this during a press conference on the proposed major repairs and maintenance work to be undertaken by FEA this Easter weekend.

“The main inlet valve itself costs more than $2m; so these valves are expensive but we have changed three of them and we are changing the last one now,” he said.

“For work at the substations, we are replacing what we call disconnector equipment which were installed way back in the late 70s and early 80s and have lived their life; it’s costing us a few hundred thousand dollars and the work on the transmission lines involves changing a few components of the towers so that it ensures security of power supply,” Mr Patel said.

He said the major repair works included the replacement of the main inlet valve (MIV) on the fourth turbine at the Wailoa Power Station. Maintenance works will also be done on the Wailoa to Cunningham Rd 132kV transmission lines and at the Vuda and Cunningham Rd zone substations.

Mr Patel said this meant that the Wailoa Power Station would stop running from 10pm last night to 11pm on Easter Monday, or latest early Tuesday morning.

He said FEA would be able to meet all the power requirements on Viti Levu during this period barring any operational faults in any of their generators.

“In the event of one of our diesel power stations having some operational problems then customers could experience intermittency in the power supply; but we will try to minimise this,” Mr Patel said.

He thanked FEA customers and apologised for any inconvenience this may have caused.