Tamavua unplanned outage due to damaged underground cable

415 Volts power cable damaged by WAF excavator in Navurevure Road, Tamavua. Picture: SUPPLIED

A 415Volts underground power cable supplying the customers in the Tamavua area had been damaged during excavation works undertaken by the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF).

This was clarified by Energy Fiji Limited (EFL) Acting Chief Executive Officer Bobby Naimawi in a statement today.

The statement was issued as there was an unplanned power outage at 11:00am today which caused a power disruption to EFL customers residing in Navurevure Road and Muicolo Road in Tamavua.

Mr Naimawi said EFL teams are currently organizing necessary logistics for carrying out excavation works to expose the damaged cables in order to carry out repair works.

“At this stage, weather permitting, it is estimated that repairs would be completed by this late this evening before power supply is normalized in the affected areas,” Mr Naimawi said.

“EFL requests members of the public to verify the presence of underground assets BEFORE carrying out any excavation works, as digging into power cables could result in people receiving an electrical shock which could be fatal,” he said.

“A “Permit to Dig” is required for any excavations in the vicinity of EFL underground power cables.

“To verify the presence of EFL underground assets please contact EFL on 132333. Note that this is a charged service.

“EFL would also like to advise the public that we will take appropriate action to recover repair costs associated with damages to our assets, as well as report the same to relevant authorities (Police, Labour Department, etc.) for them to investigate and take appropriate action.

“The EFL sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused to all our valued customers due to this unplanned power outage which was beyond our control.”

 

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