JPS Launches Reliability 3.0 Pogramme
JPS President & CEO, Emanuel DaRosa, today (July 19), launched the JPS Reliability 3.0 Programme, designed to improve reliability of the electricity service by 30% over the next 3-5 years. The initiative will see the average duration of outages experienced by customers in a one year period, drop from 29 hours to 20 hours for the same period. The announcement was made at the Company’s monthly media briefing, held at the New Kingston Head Office.
The JPS Reliability 3.0 Programme will be supported this year by a budget of US$116M or J$15.08B. The initiative will include: new technology driven solutions; a proactive asset management strategy; and traditional grid maintenance and improvement initiatives. Coming out of the initiative, customers can expect to see fewer outages; shortened duration of outages in those areas where the new technologies are being rolled out; and improved communication with customers on outages.
The JPS Reliability 3.0 Programme, is the third major phase of electricity reliability in the Company’s history. The other two phases were: the 1970s when JPS in collaboration with the Rural Electrification Programme swept access to electricity from 49% coverage to today’s coverage of 98%. The second major phase occurred in 2003, when the construction of the Bogue Power Plant in Montego Bay effectively ended rolling black-outs across Jamaica, which were due to chronic shortfalls in generation. The JPS Reliability 3.0 will take the country to the next major stage of reliability – as the Company makes every effort to move the service to cutting edge world class standards.