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JPS: No more load shedding

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 12:24 AM
Emanuel DaRosa, president and CEO, JPS, and Winsome Callum, director of communications and customer experience, at a Gleaner Editors' Forum. File


Editors Forum with Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo) top management at the Gleaner Company (Media) Limited on Thursday April 11, 2019.
Emanuel DaRosa, president and CEO, JPS, and Winsome Callum, director of communications and customer experience, at a Gleaner Editors' Forum. File Editors Forum with Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo) top management at the Gleaner Company (Media) Limited on Thursday April 11, 2019.

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has sought to assure the public that the problem that triggered its load-shedding operation on Tuesday night, leaving 150,000 customers across the island in darkness, has been resolved.

Winsome Callum, director of media and communication and customer experience at the JPS, told The Gleaner that a number of independent power producers that supply energy to the grid failed, without warning, sending the company into load-shedding mode.

She, however, said that further power cuts and load shedding were not likely to recur.

Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine, St Elizabeth, Westmoreland, St James, St Ann, and Manchester were affected.

Turning to the 190MW generating plant at Old Harbour, St Catherine, Callum explained that the joint-venture initiative, which was expected to come on stream in August, has been completed but will be subject to rigorous testing before being brought online by year end. When commissioned, it will address the shortfall caused by the IPPs going offline.