Power pole damaged by cane fire

A burnt power pole. EFL is pleading with canefarmers and the people who lived near main powerlines to be careful while lighting fires near them. Picture: SUPPLIED/EFL

A WOODEN power pole that supports the high voltage 33,000 volts Rarawai – Vatukoula – Tavua transmission line was burnt and badly damaged as a result of a cane fire.

In a press statement released today, EFL said the power pole poses an eminent safety risk and needs to be replaced immediately.

“The EFL team will be replacing this power pole with a new pole in the afternoon from 4pm to mid-night today, Wednesday August 29,” said EFL in the statement.

“In order to carry out the emergency repairs, we will need to de-energise this 33,000 volts Rarawai – Vatukoula – Tavua transmission line.

“This will affect power supply to our valued customers in the following areas:Tagitagi Area, Maqere, Qelela, Waikona, Matalevu, Yasiyasi, Whole of Tavua Town Area, Tavua Hospital, Higgins Depot, Yaladro, Malele, Davota, Balata, Toko, Matanigata, Vatukoula, MR Dayal Factory, Vuqele, Masimasi, Vunivaivai, Koro No 1&2, South Ridge Repeater, Korovou Weir, Taunabe Village, Nadarivatu, Nadala, Navai, Korosoi, Waimoqi, Yauyau, Soroni, Wainiqia, Tavurase, Lovo, Wailailai Settlement, Waidradra, Navosalailai, Vatusogo, Nadrano, Naga, Ravoravo, Nadrau, Nabawaqa, Naiyaca, Lewa, Lewavou, Buyabuya, Drala, Koro Village, Portal House, FSC Rakiraki, Part of Rakiraki inter-connector, Natokita Settlement, Togovere, Tuidreke, Draunivi, Fiji Pine Station, Yaqara, Quarry, Rabulu, Naseyani, Nananu, Korovou, Rakavidi, Vodafone Repeater, Mataniwai, Nabuna and the whole of Veisaru Area.”

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