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FEA to carry out repairs on power station

Solomone Rabulu
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

THE Fiji Electricity Authority will carry out major maintenance works at its Wailoa Power Station over this long weekend.

FEA chief executive officer Hasmukh Patel said the work would begin this Friday until next Tuesday morning.

"FEA will be replacing a main inlet valve at its Wailoa Power Station on its third turbine," he said.

"This critical work needs to be carried out over a long weekend as this exercise is time consuming. We have teams who will be working round-the-clock for this and the electricity demand will be lower than on a normal working day.

"As part of the Monasavu Hydroelectric Scheme Half Life Refurbishment works, FEA will replace the main inlet valve (MIV) on the third turbine at the Wailoa Power Station."

Mr Patel said in order to carry out the replacement of the MIV, FEA engineers would need to shut off the Wailoa Power Station.

This maintenance will mean that FEA will not be able to generate electricity from the Wailoa Hydro Power Station.

"The replacement of the MIV, we will use this planned power outage to carry out maintenance works on the Wailoa to Cunningham Rd 132kV transmission line and at the Wailoa and Cunningham Rd Substations," he said.

"In doing so, we will de-energise the 132kV transmission lines from the Wailoa Power Station to Cunningham Rd Substation in Suva on Saturday from 4am to 8pm and on Sunday from 4am to 8pm.

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