Power supply restored

THE Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) has restored power supply to majority of areas in the Western Division with conditions hampering complete restoration efforts.

FEA CEO Hasmukh Patel said heavy rain and lightning in parts of the interior of Western Viti Levu slowed down power restoration works.

“It has also become a challenge for some of our teams to report to work as a result of flooding, especially in the Western Division,” he said.

“There are still some places which are still not accessible because of washed access, eroded river banks and crossings and silt deposits from last weekend’s heavy rainfall and the current heavy downpour.

“Because of flooding, collision by flood debris, strong winds and soil erosion, power poles have either fallen or tilted causing delays in restoration of overhead power lines.”

More than 82 per cent of customers in Sigatoka have begun to receive power while 90 per cent in Tavua, and 65 per cent in Ba, are being supplied power from the FEA grid.

Mr Patel said power supply in Lautoka and Nadi has been fully restored.

“For customers who are yet to receive power supply, power lines to these areas need to be repaired and tested prior to the lines being brought into service and power supply is restored.

“There were a lot of faults in the affected areas and we need to ensure that power lines are thoroughly inspected to identify faults and hazards before they are repaired and tested prior to the power lines being energised.”

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