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JPS president says company anticipating 360MW project start
2013-10-10 13:51:29 | (0 Comments)
Shanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer
Kelly Tomblin – File
Addressing a Jamaica Public Service company (JPS) Customer Service Breakfast Meeting in Clarendon this morning, President of the company, Kelly Tomblin, said her organisation will remain committed to its customers amid the numerous challenges it is currently facing.
Tomblin said she is anticipating the commencement of the much touted 360 megawatt project, as the JPS will be partnering with the preferred bidder to generate and supply cheaper electricity to its consumers.
She noted that the company continues to suffer from the continual devaluation of the Jamaican currency, largely due to a lack of growth in the economy.
She pointed out that the exchange rate is a major issue because it influences everything, from the cost of fuel to the cost of parts and equipment.
She said the aging infrastructure also poses a problem for the company because the older power plants take twice the amount of fuel to generate electricity.
Tomblin said about 600,000 people pay for electricity while 200,000 are found to be stealing despite efforts by the company to crackdown on such a practice.
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