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JPS to save US$6m annually following repairs at Bogue Power Plant

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter

Thursday, December 12, 2013    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — THE Jamaica Public Service (JPS) has projected yearly savings of $US6 million at its Bogue Power Plant, following much-needed repairs at the facility by employees of the light and power company.

Ruben Thomas, the plant manager at Bogue, revealed that the unit is now more energy efficient since the repairs were carried out.

"Right now the projection is that we are looking on annual savings of over $US6 million based on the improved performance of that unit," Thomas said.

The members of the team, headed by Thomas, toiled assiduously to restore to working order, the power unit which was out of service for nearly six months, resulting in daily losses of roughly $US100,000 to the power supply company.

They reportedly got the job done in half of the one year that it took to effect repairs when the unit suffered a similar fate in 2004.

JPS President and CEO, Kelly Tomblin praised the workers for successfully completing their task.

"I certainly want to say thank you. I am proud to say I am in this industry for 25 years. And having (the employees) to work 24 hours a day... and knowing what was at risk, these gentlemen did it day in and day out," Tomblin said.

"They are first-class. I will tell you that. I have worked in every country, and these gentlemen are superstars."

She was speaking during the recent launch of the JPS E-store at the Bay West Shopping Centre in Montego Bay.

Meanwhile, Thomas also saluted the workers under his command.

"I want to specially recognise this team this evening for the hard work that they have done restoring this very important unit to JPS in just about half the time it took to restore that unit when it had similar failure in 2004. And losing a $US100,000 a day, you know that is not easy. And it was really tough on the guys. You see how they are looking bright and smiling now? I can tell you a few weeks ago they looked like something that the cat had torn to pieces."

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