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Lightning kills power

Tevita Vuibau
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

THE FEA says a lightning strike was behind a power outage that affected all of Viti Levu yesterday afternoon.

The lightning strike killed power to the main island at 4.30pm but when this edition went to press last night, supply was restored to the Central Division from Namatakula to Deuba to Suva, Nausori, Korovou and Vunidawa.

The Western Division was not quite as lucky and was without power all of last night because of damage sustained in the lightning strike.

"As a result of the lightning strike, the 132,000volts transmission line that transports power from the Wailoa Power Station to the Western Division of Viti Levu has been damaged and will remain out of operation till the repairs are carried out hopefully tomorrow, weather permitting," FEA CEO Hasmukh Patel said yesterday.

"The authority has identified the area where the transmission line has been damaged.

"This area is only accessible by helicopter and FEA plans to carry out the inspection and thereafter repairs utilising the services of a helicopter at first light tomorrow morning, weather permitting."

Mr Patel explained the power outage affected Namatakula in Sigatoka to Rakiraki District including Nadi, Lautoka, Ba and Tavua.

"Presently we are running our Sigatoka Diesel Power Station independently to cater for the electricity requirements of the Sigatoka District."





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