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Mullings demands OUR impose penalties against JPS

Published:Friday | January 11, 2008 | 11:55 AM

Energy Minister Clive Mullings is threatening to take action against the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), if it does not act decisively against the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) for Wednesday’s islandwide power outage.



He is insisting that the OUR must impose penalties against the JPS for failing to meet its obligations under its contract with the Government.



Mr. Mullings said the government is willing to take the JPs to court to resolve the matter.



He said investigations indicate that the blackout was triggered when a rotting high-tension light pole, linked to Tredegar substation in St. Catherine, collapsed.



Mr. Mullings believes the problem should not have happened because a team of Canadians experts had recommended an upgrade of the Tredegar facilities.



He has given the JPS 90 days to upgrade its transmission systems and provide a status report to the OUR.