Cel­e­brat­ing pos­i­tive ‘en­ergy’

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL - Janet Sil­vera SE­NIOR GLEANER WRITER janet.sil­vera@glean­erjm.com

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.

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