The Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) had restored ninety eight per cent of the high voltage distribution line around Upolu yesterday, almost 48 hours after Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated Samoa.
And by today, E.P.C. should have the high voltage line restored 100% around Upolu.
The swift response by E.P.C. to repair the high voltage will allow ground crews to work inland to re-connect power to homes which remain powerless since Saturday.
E.P.C’s General Manager, Tologata Tile Tuimalealiifano, confirmed that electricity to 30% of the 35,000 E.P.C. clients in Upolu has been restored.
And he anticipates that by tomorrow, if the pieces of the puzzle fall in place, power for Upolu island should be fully restored.
However anticipating some unexpected setbacks, Tologata has guaranteed that by Saturday every home and business in Upolu and Savai’i which is a customer of E.P.C. should have electricity.
For Savaii Island, 95% of the high voltage distribution line is back on line with 30% of the 10,000 EPC customers also receiving electricity.
“All the undamaged homes have been put back on line,” said Tologata noting that the task face by E.P.C. “to restore electricity under these conditions is a huge ask to say the least.”
“The majority of damages powerlines are from falling trees located on private property.
“And I urge families to please heed our pleas to cut down trees near powerlines because this is what happens every time we have gusty winds.
“Despite the dangerous weather conditions during the pre- Tropical Cyclone Gita, E.P.C. crew has been on the ground as late as 2:00am in the morning and supporting staff which includes the 200 plus EPC staff have been working 24-7.
“As you know, I’m not the kind of person that toots his own horn, but I have to commend my staff for the dedication.
“Like some of our residents, many have families who were also affected by the Cyclone but they have been working non-stop, some since Friday to ensure that electricity is restored as soon as possible.”
The full report by Tologata is published entirely below.
Update report No.2 to Disaster Management Office from Electric Power Corporation’s Tologata Tile Leia Tuimalealiifano on progress work to damages by Tropical Cyclone Gita.
Saturday 10th February 2018.
• Power went off at some areas caused by fallen trees, flying objects, strong wind, rain and flood.
• Field staff patrolled power lines and managed to restore power to some places until 2:00am. Field staff were called in when wind and rain became too strong and not safe for staff to continue patrolling the power lines around 2:00 am in the morning.
• Power went off area by area until the whole system was in black out around 6:00am in the morning.
• Quick site inspection was deployed early morning and to clear the road of any fallen power poles. It was hard to cross part of town to Vaivase due to heavy flood.
• About 25% of the high voltage distribution line and underground pure transmission lines between Fuluasou Dispatching Centre and Tanugamanono substation/Power Station and Fiaga Power Station are damaged.
• About 50% of the low voltage distribution network is damaged caused by fallen trees.
• Intakes that divert water from river to header ponds (Alaoa, Fale o le Fee, Samasoni and Sauniatu) are completely blocked by stones, logs and debris from heavy flood.
• About 400 metres of the pipe that connects intake to Fale o le Fee Header Pond is damaged. Main open canal that connects intake to Alaoa Header Pond is damaged.
• Access road to Alaoa was blocked.
• Power restoration started from Tanugamanono.
• First priority was given to Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese National Hospital.
• Power has been restored to part of Vaivase tai and part of Maiagiagi
• Pure Transmission Tie Line between Tanugamanono substations to Fuluasou Dispatching Centre has been restored.
• Pure Transmission Tie Line between Fuluasou Dispatching Centre and Fiaga has been restored.
• Generators at Fiaga are now on line.
• Power has been restored to part of Tuanaimato (DMO CENTRE), Vaitele to Faleula to Fiaga.
• Power has been restored to part of Alafua, Lotopa, Pesega, Palisi.
• Power has been restored to Taufusi, Savalalo, middle of Apia town area, government buildings and the eastern part all the way to Mulinuu (2AP, TV1)
• Power has been restored to Mulivai, Tamaligi, Maluafou
• Underground cable that supplies Tulaele, Lepea, and Vaimoso all the way to Malifa is damaged at the Vaimoso Bridge by river. Now working on isolating damaged part of cable and liven the rest of this area.
• 2.1 Power has been restored from Salelologa to the north east of Savaii to Tuasivi Hospital
2.2 Power has been restored from Salelologa to the south east of Savaii to Lelata.
Sunday February 11th 2018
• 1.16 Power has been restored to Fiaga, Tapatapao, Ululoloa, Tafaigata, Falelauniu, Faleula, Malie, Afega, Tuanai, Leauvaa, Saleimoa, Faleasiu, Fasitoo Uta, Nofoalii, and Leulumoega.
• 1.17 Power has been restored to whole of Moamoa, Sinamoga, Alafua, Se’ese’e, Pesega, Palisi. 1.18 Power has been restored to Leufisa, Malifa, Togafuafua,
• 119 Power has been restored to Tulaele, Vailoa, Lepea, Pesega, Vaimoso, Vaimea, and Malifa.
• 1.20 Power has been restored to Papauta, Vailima, Vaoala, Malololelei, Tiavi, Afiamalu, Mt. Fiamoe, Siumu.
• 1.21 Power has been restored to Aleisa, Tanumalala, Leulumoega, Fasitootai, Faleatiu, Satapuala, Faleolo, Aggies Resort, Mulifanua, Lalovi, Apolima, Manono, Samatau, Falelatai, Lefaga, Saanapu
• 1.22 Power has been restored to Faatoia, Matautu uta, Levili, Apia Park, Moataa, Vaivase uta, Fagalii, Letogo.
• 2.3 Power has been restored to Lelepa on the north side. 2.4 Power has been restored to Vaisala on the south side.