ActewAGL has donated $100,000 of specialist equipment to help rebuild Fiji’s electricity network after it was devastated by Tropical Cyclone Winston in February.
ActewAGL’s contribution forms a significant part of the $270,000 total, which energy network organisations across Australia donated.
The funds have been used to purchase essential specialist tools and equipment including electrical test equipment, hydraulic cutting tools, drills and pole saws for cutting trees and other vegetation. ActewAGL has also co-ordinated the equipment purchases on behalf of the Energy Networks Association (ENA).
In addition, energy network organisations have donated seven heavy vehicles including elevated work platforms, crane borers and a service truck to the value of $130,000.
Providing this equipment will significantly reduce the restoration timeframe as workers are currently sharing equipment between teams in some cases up to 10km away from each other. The restoration work will also improve the resilience of Fiji’s electricity network should future disasters occur.
ActewAGL CEO Michael Costello said more than 4500 electricity poles needed to be replaced across the country.
“It is an arduous time for the people of Fiji as they recover from this disaster and ActewAGL wanted to do what we could to help rebuild the electricity network,” he said.
ActewAGL is proud to be part of this combined energy networks initiative and would like to acknowledge the Australian Government and ENA for their leadership in co-ordinating the restoration effort.
An assessment team commissioned by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade estimates that productivity will increase by up to 25 per cent when the teams are fully equipped with all necessary equipment.
At the end of the restoration the equipment will be donated to the Fiji Electricity Authority to continue work on initiatives to reduce the disaster risk in the future.