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Japanese to assess JPS ops

Published:Friday | February 8, 2008 | 12:37 PM

A team of Japanese engineers from Tokyo Electric Power Company are in the island, assessing the transmission and distribution operations of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS).

Their visit follows the January 9 islandwide black out, that was triggered by the collapse of a rotten wooden light pole located in a swamp at the Tredegar substation in St. Catherine.

In 2007, Marubeni Corporation, the majority shareholder in the JPS partnered with the Tokyo Electric Power Company. The partnership is providing technical assistance to the JPS and Marubeni’s other Caribbean utility companies.

The JPS said the Japanese engineers are analysing all of its operational and maintenance procedures, and are expected to make recommendations for improvements.

The company is also auditing its Transmission and Substation assets and replacing the faulty circuit breakers, which contributed to the last blackout.