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JPS to spend millions on power distribution network upgrade

Published:Tuesday | August 15, 2017 | 1:16 PM

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says it will be spending $436.9 million this year to upgrade its power distribution network to improve reliability and efficiency.

The JPS says this will involve installing new infrastructure on its power grid that will support the standardisation of the voltage at which electricity is transmitted from the various substations.

The energy company says the new infrastructure will also support the roll out of its smart grid.

It says customers in St Andrew, Trelawny and St Ann will be among the first to benefit from the phased roll out of the system upgrade.

JPS says its crews began working late last year on the main power lines connected to the Duncans and Martha Brae substations in Trelawny; the Roaring River substation in St Ann; and the Hope substation in St Andrew to facilitate this upgrade.

It says a major section of the St Andrew leg of the upgrade is slated for completion today.

JPS says there will be extensive work on the main and lateral lines to fully integrate the upgraded feeders.

It says as a result, it will need to suspend the electricity supply to several communities today between 7 o'clock in the morning and 7 o'clock in the evening.

Areas to be affected include: Gordon Town, Dublin, Mavis Bank, Content Gap, Salt Hill, Mount Lebanon, St Peters, Flamstead, Lime Tree, Tower Hill, Mount Charles, Robertsfield, Westphalia, Resource, Davis Hill, and surrounding areas.