Ja­maica to be­come Caribbean hub for LNG

MoBay plant com­pleted, Old Har­bour Bay next

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

WITH JA­MAICA’S first nat­u­ral gas­fired pow­ered plant, the newly cre­ated fa­cil­ity at Bogue in Mon­tego Bay, now com­pleted, the Gov­ern­ment is now looking at plans to con­struct an even big­ger plant in Old Har­bour Bay, St Cather­ine, which would make the is­land the hub for the sup­ply of liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas (LNG) in the Caribbean re­gion.

“The bring­ing of nat­u­ral gas to Ja­maica is cer­tainly a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in Ja­maica’s thrust to achieve mean­ing­ful growth,” said Dr Vin­cent Lawrence, chair­man of the Elec­tric­ity Sec­tor En­ter­prise Team, who was present for the com­mis­sion­ing of the Bogue plant, last Fri­day.

“Rel­a­tively lower and sta­ble en­ergy prices from the use of nat­u­ral gas to gen­er­ate baseload ca­pac­ity will in­crease con­fi­dence and re­li­a­bil­ity for the pro­duc­tive sec­tor and con­sumers, gen­er­ally,” Lawrence said. “At a time when Ja­maica is achiev­ing some form of macro-economic sta­bil­ity, the bring­ing of nat­u­ral gas is most wel­come and could be one of the coun­try’s foun­da­tions, or cor­ner­stones, for future progress,” con­tin­ued Lawrence. “We will now con­cen­trate on the much larger fa­cil­ity to be built in Old Har­bour Bay, which in­cludes the agree­ment to make Ja­maica a hub for LNG in the re­gion.”

The Bogue plant, a 120megawatt com­bined-cy­cle plant, is one of the Ja­maica Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­pany Lim­ited’s (JPS) main power sta­tions. The oth­ers are Rock­fort and Hunts Bay in St Andrew and Old Har­bour Bay in St Cather­ine. Bogue con­sists of three in­di­vid­ual units, two com­bus­tion tur­bine gen­er­at­ing units with a to­tal ca­pac­ity of 80 megawatts, and a 40-megawatt steam gen­er­at­ing unit.

Prime Min­is­ter Andrew Hol­ness, who de­clared the com­mis­sion­ing of the Bogue fa­cil­ity in ser­vice, wel­comed the idea of Ja­maica be­com­ing a dis­tri­bu­tion point for LNG in the re­gion. He noted that be­com­ing a net ex­porter of en­ergy across the re­gion was very sig­nif­i­cant.

The United States-based New Fortress En­ergy signed a 20-year sup­ply deal with the JPS on Au­gust 6, 2015, and in­vested US$750 mil­lion into the con­struc­tion of the LNG ter­mi­nal.

Kelly Tomblin, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the JPS, was full of praise for the ef­fort of her team in strik­ing the deal as she em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of the in­tro­duc­tion of LNG, which she said was a his­toric mile­stone for Ja­maica as the na­tion pur­sues “en­ergy di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion and the expansion of its en­ergy sec­tor”.

The deal, which will see LNG sup­ply be­ing ex­tended to the new 190-megawatt power plant at Old Har­bour Bay, St Cather­ine, has al­ready been signed. New Fortress En­ergy will also fund that project.


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