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JPS identifies cause of widespread power outage

Published:Monday | April 18, 2016 | 4:49 PM

The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) has identified the cause of a massive black out which left thousands of Jamaicans across 11 parishes without power last night.

Winsome Callum, director, corporate communications at JPS, last night explained that a number of generating units went offline simultaneously, resulting in what it calls a fairly widespread outage. 

However, today Callum told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the outage was caused by problems due to work being done on two major power lines in the three miles area of Kingston. 

She says the work being done on the power lines is to facilitate the road widening project that is currently being done in the vicinity of Marcus Garvey Drive in the three miles area. 

She said JPS was able to restore power some three hours later.

Last month, the light and power company advised that customers could experience outages between April and May as the company moves to convert its operations at the Bogue power station in St James to natural gas.