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JPS begins $2.7b Bogue plant conversion

Published:Friday | January 29, 2016 | 1:00 AMMcPherse Thompson
The JPS power station at Bogue, Montego Bay, which is to be converted to use LNG.

The project to convert the Bogue power plant in Montego Bay to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG) kicked off two weeks ago.

Jamaica Public Service Company said on its website that it is investing US$22.74 million or about $2.7 billion in the conversion, a job hired out to General Electric.

On completion, the plant will be able to operate on either LNG or its current fuel source, automotive diesel oil.

Work began at Bogue on January 11 with the removal of a gas turbine and heat recovery steam generator from service, clearing the way for GE to start installing equipment.

JPS said it previously secured the services of a contractor who is installing pipelines on the Bogue property to receive natural gas from terminals at the port in Montego Bay.

Conversion of the plant to LNG is on track for completion in the second quarter of this year.

JPS said the project would add significantly to the country's energy diversity, fuel security, flexible generation and production of clean energy.

"Improvement in air quality is an essential outcome of this project. Gas provides an avenue for clean energy that is not intermittent and is available at night when our peak load challenges us. These benefits cannot be overstated," said JPS President and Chief Executive Officer Kelly Tomblin. Gas will be supplied to the Bogue plant by New Fortress Energy, which began developing its terminal and pipeline at the Montego Freeport at the end of last year. JPS has no stake in that project.

New Fortress will run its pipelines to the Bogue plant.

mcpherse.thompson@gleanerjm.com