Uncontrolled bushfire destroys power poles

Energy Fiji Limited employees work on the affected power in Qalitu Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

AN uncontrolled bushfire at Qalitu, Lautoka on Saturday afternoon destroyed two Energy Fiji Ltd power poles carrying 33,000 volts lines that cut off electricity supply to Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki.

EFL acting CEO Bobby Naimawi said power was expected to normalise by late yesterday.

“The burnt power poles affects our ability to transmit power from EFL’s Vuda Zone Substation to the Rarawai Zone Substation, Vatukoula and Tavua Substations and the Volivoli Zone Substation in Rakiraki,” he said.

“We humbly request the public to refrain from burning cane and rubbish near the EFL power poles, which can cause unwarranted damages that compromise safety and is a major hazard, thereby, affecting continuity of power supply.

“Apart from being dangerous and life-threatening, fires cause unwanted power interruptions to our valued customers.

“Anyone caught causing damages to the electricity infrastructure as a result of burning cane or rubbish will be dealt with according to the law.”

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