Celebrating positive ‘energy’
OVERSUBSCRIBED WAS an understatement, as locals and foreigners crowded the massive tent that the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) set up to accommodate guests at their historic ‘Gas to Jamaica Celebration’ held Friday afternoon, November 11, in Montego Bay, St James.
The celebration, hosted in collaboration with New Fortress Energy, saw the two powerhouses combining under a theme that spoke volumes – ‘Re-imagining energy ... together’.
No one was happier than the energiser bunny herself, Kelly Tomblin, president and CEO of JPS, who boasted of a new day in Jamaica with liquefied natural gas (LNG) becoming a reality.
Tomblin was surrounded by a number of powerful women in the room, including media veteran Fae Ellington, whose execution of master of ceremonies duties was terrific; T’Shura Gibbs, Tomblin’s right hand in the western belt; and Winsome Callum, communications guru.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness called for entrepreneurs to take risks. New Fortress Energy’s Wes Edens lauded the island for being the first in the region to go the LNG route; US Ambassador Luis Moreno spoke of a country with immense potential; Dr Vin Lawrence, chairman, Electricity Sector Enterprise Team (ESET), gave perspective on how the LNG idea was born in Jamaica; and Professor Gordon Shirley, president of the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), explained why teamwork pays off.
The PAJ facilitated the construction of the berth so ships can access the pier, and provided the land for the LNG plant.
Reggae artiste Christopher Martin was the icing on the cake at the event, adding a healthy dose of positive energy.
President and CEO of JPS Kelly Tomblin (right) shares the spotlight with Janine Toner and Ryan Lawrence.
From left: CEO of Fortress Engergy Wes Edens, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, and CEO and President of JPS Kelly Tomblin.
From left: Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte; Ansord Hewitt, director of regulation, policy, monitoring and enforcement at the OUR; and JPS Customer Service Representative Dian Daniels.