Use electricity sparingly due to below-average rainfall at the Monasavu and Nadarivatu Hydro Dams - Patel

Use electricity sparingly due to below-average rainfall at the Monasavu and Nadarivatu Hydro Dams - Patel

By Rashika Kumar
Thursday 28/11/2019

Energy Fiji Limited CEO, Hasmukh Patel is urging everyone to use electricity sparingly as there has been below-average rainfall at the Monasavu and Nadarivatu Hydro Dams.

Patel says this has resulted in a low inflow of water.

He says water level is not at a critical level but the prediction from the Meteorological Department is that there may be below-average rainfall in the next few months.

He says the low inflow would result in more diesel fuel being burned as EFL is spending $130 to $140 million a year on fuel importation.

Patel is also appealing to customers and especially cane farmers in the Western Division not to light fire close to EFL infrastructure especially near wooden poles. 

Patel says burnt EFL infrastructure is costing the company hundreds of thousands of dollars to the economy as customers do not have power supply and may not be able to conduct their business. 

He also says it is costing EFL thousands of dollars to replace power poles and other infrastructure that has been damaged. 

He adds that people are not giving any attention to EFL assets in the vicinity as they simply light the fire and go away. 

He also adds that it is not easy to prosecute people who burn EFL infrastructure because they do not have the proof about who started the fire. 

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