PLANNED POWER OUTAGE ON 132KV TRANSMISSION LINE FROM WAILOA POWER STATION TO SUVA

October 07, 2014

For the past many months EFL has been preparing to replace two lattice steel towers along the 132,000volts transmission line from the Wailoa Power Station to Suva as they need replacement. Erections of the two steel towers have been completed and the overhead power lines now need to be transferred from the old structures to the new ones. This work will be carried out over two days as outlined below.

Weather permitting, EFL will undertake the first phase of works on Friday 10th October 2014 from 3:00am to 7:00pm. Please note that this exercise will be carried out subject to favorable weather conditions prevailing at the work site on that day. In the event the weather conditions are unfavorable, then this exercise will be postponed to Sunday 12th October, 2014.

The second phase of works is scheduled for Sunday 26th October 2014 from 3:00am to 7:00pm. Please note that this exercise will be carried out subject to favorable weather conditions prevailing at the work site on that day. In the event the weather conditions are unfavorable, then this exercise will be postponed to Sunday 2nd November, 2014.

To enable EFL to carry out this work, the 132,000volts transmission line from the Wailoa Hydro Power Station to Suva will need to be isolated and de-energized.

This means that EFL will not be able to supply electricity from the Wailoa Hydro Power Station to the whole of the Central Division and will totally rely on its Diesel Power Stations at Kinoya, Rokobili, Korovou and Deuba to supply electricity to its customers in the Central Division.

FEA is seeking the assistance and support of our major customers including Hotels and Corporate customers to operate their stand-by Generator Sets independently to cater for their power requirements on the two nominated days, namely Friday 10th & Sunday 26th October, 2014, from 3:00am to 7:00pm.

We do not anticipate any power disruptions to the Central Division as EFL expects to supply all the remaining customers as usual. However, customers may experience intermittent power supply interruptions in the event of a failure of any one of our diesel generating sets. EFL will do its utmost to ensure that these power interruptions are kept to a minimum.

FEA apologizes for any inconvenience caused and seeks the cooperation and understanding of all our valued customers.

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