LNG sup­ply run post­poned by storm

Jamaica Gleaner - - BUSINESS - McPherse Thomp­son As­sis­tant Ed­i­tor - Busi­ness mcpherse.thomp­son@glean­erjm.com

THE LIQ­UE­FIED nat­u­ral gas sup­plies des­tined for the power plant at Bogue in Mon­tego Bay will be off­loaded in the Port­land Bight area and then fer­ried to the north coast, ac­cord­ing to the Port Au­thor­ity of Ja­maica.

The port agency has leased seven acres of land in Mon­tego Bay to the Ja­maica Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­pany for the es­tab­lish­ment of a ter­mi­nal and pipe­line for the de­liv­ery of LNG to the Bogue plant, ac­tiv­i­ties for which JPS’ gas sup­ply part­ner, New Fortress En­ergy, is re­spon­si­ble.

PAJ Vice-Pres­i­dent for Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Ed­mond Marsh ex­plained that LNG for the Bogue plant would be shipped from the United States via char­ter ves­sel Go­lar Arc­tic, which ar­rived in Ja­maica in Au­gust, was taken to Kingston for reg­is­tra­tion and is now an­chored in the Port­land Bight area.

In turn, a feeder ves­sel, Co­ral An­the­lia, will trans­port LNG from the Go­lar Arc­tic to Mon­tego Bay on a weekly ba­sis, he said.

The Co­ral An­the­lia was sched­uled to ar­rive in Mon­tego Bay on Sep­tem­ber 30 to con­duct a dry run, with­out any cargo. She was sched­uled to re­turn on Oc­to­ber 3 fully loaded to dis­charge into the LNG tanks on­site for com­mis­sion­ing of the LNG plant there­after.

IM­PEND­ING HUR­RI­CANE

How­ever, Fri­day’s ship call was post­poned be­cause of the im­pend­ing hur­ri­cane.

Marsh also dis­closed that the Port Au­thor­ity would also be em­bark­ing on a project to es­tab­lish a fa­cil­ity in Mon­tego Bay to cap­ture wasted en­ergy re­leased dur­ing the LNG re­gasi­fi­ca­tion process.

He noted that New Fortress was plan­ning to use sea­wa­ter to heat up the liq­ue­fied prod­uct to gas and re­lease the wa­ter back into the sea.

“We are look­ing to har­ness that waste en­ergy to use in cold stor­age,” the port ex­ec­u­tive said.

Mean­while, Marsh said the US$40 mil­lion berth to be con­structed at the Mon­tego Bay port has been ac­cel­er­ated by the LNG pro­gramme. He said the Port Au­thor­ity would con­struct and equip a new ded­i­cated cargo fa­cil­ity and turn over the ex­ist­ing cargo berth to the cruise ships.

“LNG has ac­cel­er­ated that de­vel­op­ment and we are in dis­cus­sions with the other users, such as Petro­jam, to make sure that the berth that we are build­ing will cater to their needs,” said the VP.

He sug­gested that the pres­ence of LNG in Ja­maica would bring other po­ten­tial ben­e­fits, not­ing, for ex­am­ple, syn­er­gies with the cruise in­dus­try.

“A num­ber of the cruise ves­sels have sig­nalled that they are in the process of con­vert­ing to LNG as their fuel source and some of them ac­tu­ally come to Mon­tego Bay,” he said.

“So we have been in dis­cus­sions – not just we – New Fortress has dis­cussed with those cruise lin­ers the abil­ity to get bunker­ing, get fuel, in Mon­tego Bay when that be­comes read­ily avail­able.”

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A coastal view of the new LNG ter­mi­nal in Mon­tego Bay.

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