Cake have had the privilege of being engaged by Energy Fiji Limited (EFL) to carry out the painting of Transmission Towers throughout Fiji.
The project involves a complete refurbishment of 51 Transmission Towers on the main Transmission Line across Fiji. These steel lattice towers range in height from 20 to 45 metres. The project involves, earth plate installation, minor steel replacement, bolt replacement and bolt torqueing, full high-pressure wash, wet abrasive blasting, followed by a 3 coat Protective Coating.
The Towers are found amongst dense jungle and village farmland, roughly an hour drive outside of Suva, the nation’s capital. The remote and hilly terrain meant that bulldozers were required to form tracks so that our teams could safely access the Towers. Our team is comprised of a mix of Kiwis and Fijians highly trained in working in Live Line environments and at heights. Unique to Fiji however is the tropical heat, meaning that we can only paint the Towers at certain times of the day.
We’ve also had the chance to work with local villages, ensuring that they are happy with our presence and giving us an opportunity to learn more about Fijian culture and customs, such as the Sevu Sevu, a traditional welcome and blessing ceremony carried out by the Chief of each village we work in.
It’s been a resoundingly great experience for the team so far, and we hope to continue providing our services to EFL into the future.