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Unplanned outage

Monika Singh
Friday, December 08, 2017

THE Fiji Electricity Authority has apologised to its customers for the unplanned power outage from Tuesday which affected the areas of Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki districts.

FEA chief executive officer Hasmukh Patel yesterday said the unplanned outage caused a lot of frustration and outburst from their customers as they tried to rectify the fault and normalise power supply.

"We would like to inform our valued customers that this outage was caused by a lightning strike which struck a wooden power pole at Tavakubu which supports our 33,000 volt transmission line which carries power from our Vuda Substation to the Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki areas. The lighting strike damaged the wooden power pole, cross arm and insulators resulting in a power outage," said Mr Patel.

He said power supply was expected to be restored to the affected customers by 10:00pm on Tuesday night but was restored earlier at 8:22pm as the technicians and engineers worked tirelessly and completed the repairs.

The authority thanked all its valued customers in the Western Division from Ba,Tavua and Rakiraki for their kind understanding and patience during this unplanned outage.

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