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JPS to give OUR report today on all-island blackout

Published:Monday | October 31, 2016 | 10:47 AM
In this file photo President of the Jamaica Public Service Company, Kelly Tomblin looks over some documents.

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is expected today to present the Office of Utilities Regulations (OUR) with a report next week, detailing the cause of the system breakdown that resulted in an all-island blackout in August.

Speaking at a function last week Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, said after receiving the report the OUR will make a determination about whether there will be sanctions.

Holness said he was pleased with the approach of the JPS in dealing with the problem.

He noted that the company has moved to implement changes, which include looking at engaging specialists to deal with the overall transformation of its system.

The JPS says it believes an independent protection and system expert can help to evaluate its total protection scheme and make recommendations for operation enhancements, and the level of investment required to meet reliability expectations.

The islandwide power blackout left people without electricity for up to four hours as a result of what the JPS said was a human error, which caused its entire network to go offline at the same time because its protection mechanism failed.

The company has suspended two employees as it carries out its probe into the blackout.

It was expected to give a full report on the outage to the OUR on September 27, but was given additional time after it presented a preliminary report.