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JPS to submit report on power outage this week

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2013 | 12:24 PM

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says it will submit this week a preliminary report on its investigation into yesterday's widespread power outage to Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell and the Office of Utilities Regulation(OUR).



Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell told The Gleaner-Power 106 News Centre yesterday that the OUR was ordered to conduct a probe after approximately 70 per cent of JPS customers were left without electricity for several hours shortly before 2 p.m. yesterday.



He says as soon as the OUR’s report is submitted, it will be made public.



In a statement a short while ago, the JPS said it was continuing its investigation into the possible causes of the outage however its preliminary findings show that the outage was triggered by a problem that developed during upgrading work at its Duhaney substation in St Andrew yesterday afternoon.



“The Duhaney substation is one of the critical points on JPS’ transmission system, which manages the transportation of power from the

major generating centres in Kingston, St Catherine and Montego Bay," JPS president Kelly Tomblin explained.



She said that while power for some customers, especially in Kingston, was restored within minutes, full restoration was completed by 9:15 p.m. last evening.



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