200 get jobs in Hunts Bay Power Plant upgrade
THE Jamaica Public Service says more than 200 people have been given jobs at its Hunts Bay Power Plant, also known as the B6 Generating Unit, which is being overhauled.
Labourers, technicians, mechanics, project managers, and engineers are among those employed.
"The project covers a two-month period, concluding in early May 2014, and comes as part of the company's ongoing efforts to improve reliability of service to its customers," the JPS said.
It said that since 2009 the company's reliability has shown significant improvement, with most customers experiencing a decrease in outages over the past five years.
According to the JPS, the B6 unit, considered to be the backbone of the Hunts Bay Power Station, is a 68.5MW unit, which in 2013, powered the equivalent of 100,000 households. The generating unit, said the JPS, is also essential to providing critical voltage stabilisation to the grid in the Corporate Area.
In addition to improving the unit's efficiency, the project is expected to reduce the risk of extended forced outages, said the JPS.