Top Energy will lead a contingent of New Zealand based linesmen to help restore power to parts of Fiji following the widespread devastation of Cyclone Winston last month.

Russell Shaw, Top Energy’s Chief Executive, says the company is keen to assist in the massive recovery efforts underway and will work with the Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) in restoring supplies.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) had put a call out to New Zealand lines and contracting businesses to provide assistance in restoring the power supply and critical infrastructure.

“We were very happy to respond to the request. Top Energy has extensive experience in working in Fiji and we are very familiar with the terrain and the electricity network.”

Within the next three days, Top Energy, and Unison will send lines teams with a Top Energy manager providing oversight of the group in a combined effort with FEA to restore power. The crews will be in place for three weeks and will be replaced by a second group for a further three weeks if required.

A further crew of ten are expected to arrive in the coming weeks to bring the total number of New Zealand Electrical workers contracted by MFAT to 21.

“There is certainly a big task ahead,” Mr Shaw says.

“The cyclone tore through entire villages and towns, wrecking homes, buildings and crops. Roads and bridges were damaged and there was extensive damage to the electricity network.”

“The working environment is harsh, lines and power poles are on the ground. We are sending experienced linesmen that have that have worked in Fiji before or in cyclone type environments.”

Mr Shaw says the priority is to assist efforts of FEA to get the network up and running as quickly as possible.

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For more information please contact:

Philippa White

philippa.white@topenergy.co.nz / 021-2418740

 

or

 

Belinda Peddie, Top Energy

belinda.peddie@topenergy.co.nz / 09-4070603.