Tue | Dec 12, 2017

Historic natural gas conference gets under way

Published:Wednesday | October 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Dr Andrew Wheatley

The push to significantly diversify the country's energy mix will be underscored today when the first ever natural gas conference gets under way this morning at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

The latest in technology and best practices will be highlighted by a panel of experts in the energy sector, academia, finance and the environment, as well as on tax policy. Potential investors and company executives, especially those involved in manufacturing and who are interested in cheaper energy sources, will also be in attendance.

Organised by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) and the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), the three-day conference will explore the benefits of the introduction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Jamaica.

Today's natural gas conference is being held under the theme 'New horizons: The development of a natural gas sector in Jamaica - prospects and challenges'.

Following registration this morning, Joseph M. Matalon, chairman of the OUR, will give the welcome, while PCJ Chair Russell Hadeed will give the opening remarks. The keynote address and official opening will be done by Energy Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley.

Other speakers scheduled for today include Winston Watson, group general manager, PCJ. He will address the topic 'Natural gas present and future: An overview of current international markets and future prospects'.