Mis­sion ac­com­plished

LNG ar­rives in MoBay for use at JPS’s Bogue plant

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Janet Silvera Se­nior Gleaner Writer

TWESTERN BUREAU: HE JA­MAICA Public Ser­vice Com­pany (JPS) has all but ful­filled its mis­sion to be­gin util­is­ing liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas (LNG) at its plant in Bogue, St James, with Satur­day’s ar­rival of LNG sup­plies to the Port of Mon­tego Bay in St James.

The sup­plies will be chan­nelled from the feeder ship An­thony Veder through pipe­lines to JPS’s Bogue plant for con­sump­tion.

De­scrib­ing the ar­rival as “a truly his­toric mo­ment”, JPS Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer (CEO) Kelly Tomblin said LNG would play a key role in trans­form­ing the en­ergy sec­tor, while sup­port­ing in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment and eco­nomic growth.

“These are very ex­cit­ing times for all of us,” noted Tomblin, who was on hand for the ship’s ar­rival.

“We are def­i­nitely on the thresh­old of great things for Ja­maica and the rest of the re­gion.”

Ear­lier this year, the ex­ist­ing Bogue power plant was up­graded to al­low fu­elling with ei­ther nat­u­ral gas or au­to­mo­tive diesel oil.

Tomblin pointed out that New

Fortress En­ergy, the cargo sup­plier and JPS part­ner, has in­vested a to­tal of US$750 mil­lion in the con­struc­tion of its LNG ter­mi­nal.

JPS and New Fortress have also signed an agree­ment to ex­tend the sup­ply of gas to Ja­maica to a new 190MW power plant at Old Har­bour Bay in St Cather­ine.

CLEAN AIR FOR JA­MAICA

New Fortress has agreed to pri­vately fi­nance and de­velop the in­fra­struc­ture nec­es­sary to de­liver LNG to the plant.

Tomblin fur­ther ad­vised that the change to LNG means cheaper and cleaner air for the coun­try, say­ing it fur­ther en­hances Ja­maica’s rep­u­ta­tion as a leader in re­new­able en­ergy in the re­gion.

“Ac­tu­ally, I think we have only be­gun to scratch the sur­face of what is pos­si­ble in the en­ergy sec­tor,” she pointed out. “Any coun­try that has the vi­sion to com­mit re­sources to pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and hav­ing clean air for its cit­i­zens is a coun­try that is on the road to suc­cess.”

For his part, project man­ager at the Port Au­thor­ity of Ja­maica (PAJ), Keith Mitchell, said the LNG di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion project has re­sulted in the PAJ fast-track­ing its mas­ter plan for the de­vel­op­ment of the Port of Mon­tego Bay into a mod­ern fa­cil­ity with sep­a­rate berths ded­i­cated to cargo op­er­a­tions and cruise ship­ping.

“The PAJ is pleased to fa­cil­i­tate and en­able the re­al­i­sa­tion of a na­tional ob­jec­tive which has been in the pipe­line for a num­ber of years,” he said.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Keith Mitchell (left), project man­ager at the Port Au­thor­ity of Ja­maica, with Kelly Tomblin, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Ja­maica Public Ser­vice, and New Fortress En­ergy’s Paul Richards on Satur­day dur­ing the his­toric call of the LNG ship to the Port of Mon­tego Bay in St James.

LNG feeder ship An­thony Veder on ar­rival in Mon­tego Bay, St James.

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