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JPS selects US company to supply LNG for Bogue power plant

Published:Monday | June 15, 2015 | 6:57 PM

The Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) says it has selected the United States-based New Fortress Energy as the preferred bidder to supply liquefied national gas (LNG) to its power plant.

The company was selected from a field of eight entities.

In a statement this afternoon, JPS said approval was received from the Government, through the Electricity Sector Enterprise Team, which was set up last July to oversee the upgrade and expansion of Jamaica’s energy sector.

The JPS said it is in the process of finalising an agreement with Fortress for the supply of natural gas to facilitate the conversion of its 120-megawattt power plant in Bogue, Montego Bay, St. James.

According to the light and power company, the agreement is expected to be finalised by the end of the month.

Commenting on the deal, JPS President & CEO, Kelly Tomblin, said this is a major step for Jamaica and a game-changer for the energy sector, adding that JPS is proud to be able to finally bring natural gas to Jamaica.

Tomblin further said the move will provide fuel diversity as well as play a large role in optimising the renewables on the national grid.

Meanwhile, Wesley Edens, founder and co-chairman of the Board of Fortress Investment Group, said the company plans to help make Jamaica an energy hub for the Caribbean and Latin America.

For years, Jamaica has been exploring options for introducing natural gas as part of a fuel diversification strategy to lower energy prices.

The JPS said the gas-supply agreement with Fortress will pave the way for work to begin on the infrastructure needed for the delivery of gas to Bogue by early 2016.

ABOUT NEW FORTRESS ENERGY

*New Fortress Energy is part of the Fortress Investment Group

*It is a global asset firm which reportedly manages US$70 billion in assets.