FEA assesses damage

PARTS of the Western Division will remain without power as the Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) assesses the damage caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Keni.

FEA chief executive officer Hasmukh Patel said there had been momentary gusts and periodic rainfall experienced in the Western Division.

“As a result of a permanent fault, at 7.11am this morning (yesterday), we had lost connectivity of the Nadarivatu to Vuda 132kV main transmission line that transports power supply from the hydro power stations in Monasavu and Nadarivatu to the Western Division,” he said.

“As a result, no hydro power is being supplied to the Western Division and the Western Division is now dependent on diesel stations.”

Mr Patel said they would carry out a helicopter patrol of the faulty transmission line between Nadarivatu and Vuda this morning and if weather permitted, restore power supply to the healthy areas of the network in the West by this evening.

“Power supply to parts of Rakiraki is from FEA’s diesel power station in Rakiraki. There is no power supply to our customers in Tavua and Ba, partly because of deficiency in generation capacity and damaged power distribution network.”

Mr Patel said Sigatoka was also without power and engineers were working to resolve it.

Meanwhile, parts of Lautoka are being supplied with electricity from the Vuda Diesel Power Station.

Mr Patel said some parts of Nadi, where the transmission and distribution network was still healthy, were being supplied electricity.

“The Wailoa and Nadarivatu Hydro Power Stations went out of operation around 2pm today (yesterday) due to water level at the adjacent rivers, namely Wailoa and Ba rivers reaching the power station tail race.

“As a result, we are presently running the Kinoya Power Station to supply electricity to those areas that do not have any faults on the associated transmission and distribution networks in the Central Division.

“However, we expect to run the Wailoa Power Station once waters recede. This will enable FEA to restore power supply to most of the affected areas in the Central Division except areas where powerlines have been damaged.”

Supply to more than 95 per cent of consumers in Labasa has been restored.

Mr Patel also said supply to customers in Savusavu, Ovalau and Taveuni was fully restored.