Tonga Power sending team to help in Fiji

A Tonga Power team of six will be  heading west on Saturday to help restore Fiji’s power network after the island nation was devastated by Cyclone Winston in February.

The most powerful cyclone to have ever hit Fiji, killed 44 people, destroyed more than 9000 homes and damaged roads and power networks.

The team includes qualified and experienced line mechanics personnel led by line supervisor Metuisela Afu.

A second team will follow and the mission was expected to be completed by June 15.

The teams will be based in Lautoka where the electricity network was badly damaged by the cyclone.

The Asian Development Bank has donated USD$302,691 to cover for the teams’ travel  and accommodation costs as well as their daily allowances. 

The Chief Executive of Tonga Power Ltd said: “The opportunity to assist our Pacific Island friends in Fiji is a privilege and an immediate priority for Tonga Power Limited. I’m sure if Cyclone Winston had hit Tonga harder, Fijian’s wouldn’t hesitate to lend their support. This initiative would not be possible without the direct financial assistance through the Asian Development Bank. I would like to congratulate ADB for pulling out all stops and fast tracking this important project.”

The Tongan crew will help in disconnecting fallen lines from power poles, clearing debris for the safe re-construction of power lines and re-erecting fallen power lines.

They will also help in re-stringing powerlines and re-installing fallen transformers and other overhead distribution equipment.

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  1. ʻE folau atu ha timi ko e toko ono mei he Tonga Power he Tokonakí ke tokoni ki hono toe fokotuʻu e ʻuhila ʻa Fisí hili ia hono taʻanga ʻe he Saikolone ko Winston ʻa e motú ni ʻi Fepuelí.

    Ko e saikolone mālohi taha ʻeni kuo ne taaʻi ʻa Fisí mate ai ʻa e toko 44, laiki e fale laka hake ʻi he 9000 pea maumauʻi e ngaahi hala mo e ʻuhila.

    Ko e kau taukei mo kualafai ko ʻeni ʻoku folaú ʻo tataki atu ʻe he supavaisá ko Metuisela Afu.
    ʻE muimui atu ai ʻa e timi hono uá pea ʻoku ʻi ai ʻa e ʻamanaki ʻe ʻosi ʻa e misiona ko ʻení ki Sune ʻaho 15.

    Te nau peisi pe ʻi Lautoka ʻa ia ko e motu ʻeni ne uesia lahi ʻenau ʻuhilá.

    Kuo foaki ai ʻe he pangikē ADB ha paʻanga ʻe $302,691 ʻAmelika ke fuaʻaki ʻa e fakamole ki he folau mei Tongá kau ai ʻenau nofo mo e vahe.

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