E.P.C. chief blames faulty switch for power outage

Faulty switchgear within Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.)-owned transformers in Tanugamanono led to a one-hour power outage on Tuesday.

This is according to E.P.C. Chief Executive Officer, Tologata Tile Tuimaleali’ifano.

Tologata issued a public apology as a result of the outage and noted that these unforeseen incidents occur, which at one time disrupted a session of the Parliament, as live broadcasting of the proceedings was affected.

On Saturday, he said there was an electrical fault at Tanugamanono and they dispatched their technical staff to the site of the fault. 

The outage on Tuesday was also caused by the same fault at Tanugamanono. 

"Our linemen were out and about to diagnose the exact line that was faulty. The areas affected was Tanugamanono up to Vailima, this was on the weekend. 

“And we finally found the fault early this morning; however the outage today (Tuesday) has to do with what occurred over the weekend," he said.

 “We note from preliminary reports while trying to find the faulty line, led to the outage. And then we had to switch to the power feeder in Fiaga, while we isolated the transformer affected at the Tanugamanono power station. 

“I’m happy to say that we have restored power and its business as usual for all the power stations and keeping in mind the transformers in Tanugamanono is old and if we can replace it with two new transformers, it should be good,” he said.

The E.P.C. C.E.O. said if there was another  outage, the Fiaga power stations can withstand the feeding power to all of Samoa. 

“That shows the quality of the generators at Fiaga and it tells that they are conducting maintenance regularly,” he said. 

In Parliament, the Minister of Works Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, apologised to his peers for the inconvenience caused. 

During an interview at his office, the Minister said the outage cannot be avoided and these are unforeseen issues that E.P.C. has no control over. 

“I understand the frustrations by the public and businesses, however these are unforeseen situations." 

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