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Bogue plant conversion to wrap up next week

Published:Friday | May 6, 2016 | 5:00 AM
The JPS power station at Bogue, Montego Bay.

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) said it expects to complete the conversion and upgrade of the Bogue combined-cycle power plant in Montego Bay, St James, within a week.

The US$22-million ($2.5-billion) project kicked off in January and, when completed, it will be able to operate on either liquefied natural gas (LNG) or its current fuel source, automotive diesel oil.

JPS said it will be buying natural gas under a long-term supply agreement from Fortress New Energy and expect to start receiving the product within the next four to six months.

JPS indicated that Bogue would be ready by the end of the second week in May in an email to the Financial Gleaner.

The company said New Fortress "is responsible for all activities associated with delivering the LNG to the port in Montego Bay, storing the LNG in tanks, regasifying the LNG and delivering it by pipeline to our power plant at Bogue".

The project to convert the Bogue power plant, which is being undertaken by General Electric, kicked off on January 11 this year.

The work involves removal of a gas turbine and heat recovery steam generator from service, which was expected to clear the way for General Electric to start installing equipment.

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

New Fortress Energy began developing its terminal and pipeline at the Montego Freeport at the end of last year, but JPS has no stake in that project.

mcpherse.thompson@gleanerjm.com