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  • Work will begin by late November on the provision of electricity for 500 new households in rural areas across the island, under the government's Rural Electrification Programme (REP).
  • In an interview with JIS News, Chief Engineer of the REP, Samuel Marshall said the Programme was now going through the process of selecting the areas where some 35 kilometers of distribution lines would be installed to undertake this segment of the project, which was implemented in 1999.
  • He said the necessary material was currently being procured, following which surveys and designs of the selected areas would begin and then the selection of contractors carried out.

Work will begin by late November on the provision of electricity for 500 new households in rural areas across the island, under the government’s Rural Electrification Programme (REP). In an interview with JIS News, Chief Engineer of the REP, Samuel Marshall said the Programme was now going through the process of selecting the areas where some 35 kilometers of distribution lines would be installed to undertake this segment of the project, which was implemented in 1999.
He said the necessary material was currently being procured, following which surveys and designs of the selected areas would begin and then the selection of contractors carried out. At the start of this fiscal year, over $90 million was allocated to the REP, which falls under the Ministry of Commerce, Science and Technology.
The overall Programme was implemented by the Government of Jamaica in 1975, with funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). It aims to extend electrical infrastructure to rural Jamaica to stimulate economic and social activities in those areas, while improving the quality of life.
Initial targets for the project, which will continue until March 2004, are to construct 467 kilometers of distribution lines and to wire 6,000 houses. Plans for this fiscal year will target the construction of 100 kilometers of distribution lines, which will benefit some 1,500 rural households.

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