... New plant to in­crease elec­tri­cal, steam out­put

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

AC­CORD­ING TO Dianne Ash­ton-Smith, head of com­mu­ni­ca­tion at Red Stripe, the com­pany de­cided to con­vert its pre­vi­ously up­graded plant to LNG as soon as the nat­u­ral gas be­came avail­able from New Fortress En­ergy in the United States fol­low­ing a lift­ing of re­stric­tions in the coun­try. The con­tract in­cludes the sup­ply of nat­u­ral gas by New Fortress for the next five years.

Red Stripe will also con­vert its main steam boil­ers from us­ing heavy fuel oil to nat­u­ral gas. The new plant will in­crease elec­tri­cal out­put us­ing nat­u­ral gas from 2.0 megawatts to 3.1 megawatts, a 30 per cent in­crease in elec­tri­cal power out­put. It will also in­crease steam out­put by 30 per cent. The im­prove­ments will al­low Red Stripe to re­duce its green­house gas emis­sions by roughly 6,000 tons per an­num, re­sult­ing in an­nual sav­ings of some €300,000.

The up­grade of the Red Stripe plant started in 2014.

“We re­ceived our first con­tainer with LNG (last week Wed­nes­day), and to­day (last week Thurs­day) we go live with LNG,” Ash­ton-Smith told the first ever nat­u­ral gas con­fer­ence at The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel in New Kingston.

The con­fer­ence is ex­plor­ing the ben­e­fits and chal­lenges of in­tro­duc­ing the fuel into Ja­maica’s en­ergy mix and is be­ing held jointly by the Of­fice of Util­i­ties Reg­u­la­tion and the Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion.

MA­JOR OB­JEC­TIVE

The ma­jor ob­jec­tive of the con­fer­ence is to fos­ter greater un­der­stand­ing of the im­pli­ca­tions of the in­tro­duc­tion of nat­u­ral gas to the Ja­maican mar­ket, par­tic­u­larly as it re­lates to the an­tic­i­pated eco­nomic im­pact, pro­jected com­mer­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties, as well as the gov­er­nance and reg­u­la­tion of the emerg­ing in­dus­try.

The con­fer­ence theme is ‘New Hori­zons: the Devel­op­ment of a Nat­u­ral-Gas Sec­tor in Ja­maica — Prospects And Chal­lenges’, and at­tracted par­tic­i­pants from the public sec­tor, in­clud­ing min­istries of fi­nance and the public ser­vice; sci­ence, en­ergy and tech­nol­ogy; and trans­port; in­dus­try, among oth­ers.

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