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EFL looks at replacing damaged transformer

July 8, 2018 5:20 pm

The Energy Fiji Limited’s transformer at the Cunningham Road Substation in Suva experienced technical failure last week resulting in a widespread power outage.

Chief Executive, Hasmukh Patel says the temporary power outage affected the Central and Western Divisions of Viti Levu last Thursday.

Patel says EFL sought the assistance of an Australian expert to determine the extent of the damage sustained.

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Following which it was established that the 80-tonne transformer needs repair overseas.

Patel says EFL is currently making arrangements to take the failed transformer to Australia for repair work which could take at least six months.

However, Residents in Viti Levu are being assured they will not be affected by the failed transformer.

“Full operations will continue through a single transformer until a proper repair or replacement is made. The remaining transformer will continue to run on a combination of hydropower, provided via a transmission line from Wailoa Power Station, and diesel, powered by stations at Kinoya, Rokobili, Deuba, and Korovou.”

Patel says due to the temperate winter seasons electricity demands are low hence, EFL is confident to meet all power needs under the current arrangement.

He adds, in the meantime, EFL has already contacted a number of companies in Australia and New Zealand to locate a replacement transformer to remedy the situation.

The chief executive says looking forward, EFL will purchase a new transformer which cost around five million dollars.

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