A FAULT at the Wailoa power station yesterday resulted in a blackout for the whole of Viti Levu.
The Wailoa power station that supplies bulk of the electricity needs of Viti Levu experienced the fault at 11:27am.
In an interview earlier in the day, FEA spokesman Karunesh Rao said they were yet to determine the cause of the fault at Wailoa.
"The power outage at 11am affected the whole of Viti Levu," Mr Rao said.
However, in a statement received before this edition went to press, FEA chief executive officer Hasmukh Patel said their engineers "immediately got into action" to establish and rectify the fault to restore power supply to customers in Viti Levu.
"While the FEA engineers were trying to establish the fault at the Wailoa power station, the diesel power stations were operated to cater for supply to key areas in the various towns and cities," Mr Patel said.
He also confirmed that power supply to all of their customers in Viti Levu was restored by 5.15pm.
"FEA apologises for all the inconvenience caused and seeks the co-operation and understanding of all our valued customers," Mr Patel said.
Meanwhile, police took immediate action after the blackout yesterday morning to direct traffic after traffic lights were affected.
Offices and businesses were seen opening windows for ventilation, and some companies sent workers home early.
Some schools in the Central Division closed early as well.