Underground oil fuel leak at EFL Power Station in Kinoya
EFL notifies Min. of Environment and in the process of repairing leakage

Underground oil fuel leak at EFL Power Station in Kinoya

EFL notifies Min. of Environment and in the process of repairing leakage

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Wednesday 22/02/2023
EFL CEO Hasmukh Patel

Energy Fiji Limited has notified the Ministry of Environment of an underground oil fuel leak or discharge adjacent to its Power Station in Kinoya that occurred on Sunday.

EFL CEO Hasmukh Patel says their contractors had seen signs indicating an underground oil fuel leak or discharge and they immediately took steps to close off all the possible supply points in the area of the suspected leak.

He says their teams have commenced excavating the passage next to its Power Station to expose the underground pipes.

Patel says they had officially written and informed the Ministry of Environment of this leak on Monday.

The CEO says the leakage has been contained within the EFL boundary, but as a preventative measure, EFL and its contractors have revisited the containment booms within its premises and waterways to ensure that the heavy downpour experienced in the recent days do not cause spillage outside the containment area.

He adds they are in the process of identifying the underground leak and repairing it at the same time.

The CEO says remedial works are currently underway to ensure there is no environmental damage caused by this underground leakage within the EFL premises.

Patel says a damage assessment will be done by an independent consultant, that is registered with the Department of Environment and a report will be submitted to the Ministry within the week ahead.

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