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Lights out: JPS advises power cuts for eight parishes this evening

Published:Tuesday | December 23, 2014 | 5:12 PM

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says some of its customers in eight parishes may experience load shedding this evening.

In a statement this afternoon, the company said the problem is due to the unexpected failure of three of the company’s power generating units.

It says the situation has also been exacerbated by technical difficulties being experienced at one of the country’s Independent Power Producers.

JPS says the load shedding may take place during the peak hours from 6:30 this evening to 10:30 in the night.

The areas that will be affected are sections of Hanover, Westgate in St James, Negril and Sav-la-Mar in Westmoreland and Tollgate in Clarendon.

Meanwhile, sections of Portmore and Spanish Town in St Catherine, St Ann, St Thomas, St Mary, and sections of Molynes Road and Maxfield Avenue, and surrounding areas will also be affected.

JPS president & CEO, Kelly Tomblin, says some of the failures on the generating units are due to the those systems being over-extended.

She explains that this year, the company spent more than US$23 million to carry out a major overhaul and maintenance on some of the key units.

However, Tomblin says because of the delay in the addition of new base load capacity JPS has been forced to run the units in a manner that they are not designed to operate.

The JPS head says the company is working closely with the Office of Utilities Regulation, and the Government to facilitate the construction of new power plants in the shortest possible time.

She says building new power plants is the long-term solution to the problems being experienced by the JPS.

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