THE Jamaica Public Service (JPS) mentioned its latest and new scientific strategies are proving efficient in serving to to maintain vegetation off the corporate’s traces. This newest transfer, it mentioned, is a part of a sequence of initiatives which resulted within the frequency of outages being lowered by 30 per cent final yr.
In accordance with the corporate, knowledge collected over the previous 5 years has proven that vegetation coming into contact with energy traces was one of many main causes of unscheduled outages. “Like different international locations with tropical climates, Jamaica has lush and fast-growing vegetation which regularly poses a major problem alongside [the] transmission and distribution community,” mentioned the JPS. The corporate commenced a pilot challenge in 2020 which included using geographic info techniques and drone know-how to trace and collect knowledge, in addition to the applying of environmentally protected herbicides and different measures to regulate interference from flora.
Stated the JPS: “One of many notable successes of the challenge is the road part from Danks to Colonel’s Ridge in Clarendon, which provides 11,000 prospects. The road runs throughout a steep, closely vegetated space with fast-growing bamboo that may shoot as much as 12 inches per day. Deal with this stretch resulted in a 60 per cent discount within the frequency and length of outages skilled by prospects in that neighborhood. The traces additionally remained freed from vegetation for over 9 months earlier than requiring follow-up.”
Plans are in place, the corporate has suggested, for the continued focusing on of essentially the most susceptible line sections throughout the island. Different parishes focused for the continued pilot embrace: St Andrew, St Thomas, Manchester, St Ann, St James and Westmoreland.
JPS Senior Vice-President of Power Supply Blaine Jarrett, in commenting on the event, famous that JPS will proceed to use superior strategies to optimise the standard of service. “And now we have additional to go. Our prospects can rely upon us to repeatedly innovate and undertake the very best strategies accessible with the intention to serve them. The yr 2021 can be a yr through which we are going to prolong ourselves even additional to create the outcomes that each our prospects and the JPS group wish to see.”
The corporate additionally intends to introduce extra vegetation administration strategies comparable to tree girdling and stump remedy, that are extensively practised by utilities the world over.
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