Underground cable fault causes power outage

By Marc Membrere 11 January 2021, 11:00AM

A power outage hit the Vaimoso area on Monday and that led to electricity services getting disconnected to other suburbs of Apia.

Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) General Manager, Faumui Tauiliili, told the Samoa Observer in a telephone interview on Monday that an underground fault cable at Vaimoso triggered the power outage.

"The boys are still working on it trying to resolve the issue," he said.

The Faleata area was still disconnected from the main power grid on Monday afternoon, at the time of the interview with the E.P.C. General Manager, who said they hope they will get it fixed by Tuesday.

The state-owned power company did not experience any issues in the past week, though E.P.C. staff suspect that last Wednesday’s flash floods could be a factor.

Faumui said water got into the vault and penetrated the power cable joint, causing the electricity outage. 

Asked if this could happen in other areas, he said: "No because Vaimoso area was most affected but this is where we have the underground cable."

Faumui then apologised to those who were affected and inconvenienced by the power outage, saying he is hoping their electrical staff will improve the system and get the power back on as soon as possible.

In a Facebook post on Monday, the E.P.C. apologised to the people in the area who were affected by the sudden power outage in parts of Pesega.

Power was later restored to parts of Vaimoso, Fugalei, Taufusi and parts of Saleufi towards Savalalo, Matafele, Sogi, and Mulinuu on Monday afternoon.

The Facebook post further stated that they are currently working on repairing the affected lines and to restore power to areas that were disrupted.

By Marc Membrere 11 January 2021, 11:00AM

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