Specialised heavy vehicles a boost for FEA
1 June, 2016, 12:00 am
THE seven specialised heavy vehicles given to the Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) will not only assist in the restoration of power supply but will also go a long way in assisting with the roll out of Fiji’s rural electrification program.
Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Kumar highlighted this, while officiating at the handover of the vehicles by the Australian Government in Suva on Monday.
Mr Kumar said the vehicles would assist Fiji in fast-tracking the restoration of power supply to the remaining areas in the Western Division.
He said the rural electrification program would allow rural Fijians access to electricity, which was important in enabling families to cook, to boil water for washing and cleaning, and providing light for children to study at night.
In applauding the assistance, Mr Kumar said he understood the handover would be followed with the provision of light equipment and machinery valued at $A270,000 ($F412,664) and special training for FEA personnel in the use and operation of the specialised vehicles.
Acting Australian High Commissioner Karinda D’Aloisio said the assistance was part of a partnership between the Australian Government and Energy Networks Association (ENA) of Australia to boost FEA’s reconstruction of its electricity network in replacing damaged power poles and lines following Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston. She said this gesture by ENA was a great example of how business networks could make a positive impact in a community, especially during difficult times after a disaster such as Severe TC Winston.