Fiji Time: 10:23 PM on Sunday 28 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

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."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63900.6200
JPY 50.424247.4242
GBP 0.37370.3657
EUR 0.43830.4263
NZD 0.68420.6512
AUD 0.65260.6276
USD 0.49640.4794

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 26th August 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Mata signs new deal
  2. Violence stops TISI Sangam annual meeting
  3. Man dead, four hospitalised after road accident
  4. Students wait
  5. Vou group wows crowd, scoops award
  6. Ravouvou makes Auckland debut
  7. Ambulance involved in road accident
  8. Epi crowned North queen
  9. BOG: Lautoka records third straight win
  10. Contractor to do finishing touch ups

Top Stories this Week

  1. Mata signs new deal Sunday (28 Aug)
  2. Wong helps Rawaca get a gold medal Friday (26 Aug)
  3. 1 charged, 2 under probe for break-in Thursday (25 Aug)
  4. Taliga eyes Tokyo Tuesday (23 Aug)
  5. 5.1 magnitude earthquake occurs in Fiji Monday (22 Aug)
  6. 7s top job Tuesday (23 Aug)
  7. Veremalua gets help from Ryan on overseas contract Saturday (27 Aug)
  8. Police escort fan away Monday (22 Aug)
  9. 'Ryan a loss' Tuesday (23 Aug)
  10. Ryan may return Friday (26 Aug)