OUR identify poor maintenance caused blackout
The preliminary findings of an independent enquiry by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) into the January 9 islandwide power outage, found that there were inadequate maintenance practices by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS).
The blackout occurred after the collapse of a rotted wooden pole located in a swamp at the Tredegar substation in St. Catherine.
OUR’s Director of Communications and Customer Services, David Geddes said the enquiry found that the transmission line on, which the fault developed had not been inspected at the ground level since 2002.
He said a full audit of JPS’ maintenance practices and distribution lines is to be conducted.
A final report on the findings of the blackout enquiry and the related recommendations are to be submitted to the OUR by April 15.