Bird, repair works blamed for power outages

By Soli Wilson 24 April 2020, 7:00AM

A bird that got caught in high voltage lines has been blamed for one of multiple power outages across the nation since last week, which warranted urgent repairs by the Electric Power Corporation. 

This is according to the Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) in a public notice posted online. 

The E.P.C. explained that the power outages at Vaitele, Aleisa, Siusega and Toamua on Wednesday evening were due to a transformer fault caused by a bird that got electrocuted.

Elsewhere, power disruptions at Saleaumua, Mutiatele, Lotopu'e, Malaela, Satitoa, Ulutogia and Lalomanu were due to upgrade works being done on electricity lines and the relocation of power poles.

In Savai'i, residents there experienced power outages because of repair works to a damaged high voltage power line. 

Earlier this week on Monday evening around 6 pm, power was interrupted to Mulifanua, including part of Manono Uta and also to Manono Tai, due to required works very much needed to one of the power posts and high voltage electricity lines at Mulifanua. 

The same repair works were also conducted on one of the Corporation's high voltage electricity poles in Tuanaimato on Tuesday, affecting power to Tuanaimato, Siusega and part of Vaitele. 

On Wednesday, Sinamoga's power supply was disrupted due to emergency works required, to fix the platform of one of E.P.C.'s pole-mounted transformers in the area. 

A request for a comment from the E.P.C. General Manager was not responded to as of press time.

By Soli Wilson 24 April 2020, 7:00AM

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