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Jamaica signs energy agreement with US

Published:Thursday | April 9, 2015 | 4:48 AMDebbie-Ann Wright, Editor - Radio & Online
Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell with Dr Ernest Moniz secretary, US Department of Energy also at the signing of a Statement of Intent between the Department of Energy of the United States of America and the Jamaican Government at the Eden Gardens Hotel in St Andrew.
Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell exchange documents with Dr Ernest Moniz secretary,US Department of Energy also at right is Cleveland Charles Political and Economic Chief,U.S Embassy Kingston at the signing of a Statement of Intent between the Department of Energy of the United States of America and the Jamaican Government at the Eden Gardens Hotel in St Andrew a short while ago.
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Jamaica could finally get the long-touted liquefied natural gas (LNG) project off the ground with the signing of an energy cooperation agreement with the United States Government.

The Statement of Intent was signed between the US Department of Energy and Jamaica’s Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining this morning.

Speaking with The Gleaner after the signing, Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell said the Government is optimistic particularly at the prospect of becoming a hub for distribution of LNG from the US to the rest of the region.

"Jamaica has attempted for many years to implement an LNG project, but we have been hindered because we just did not have access to liquefied natural gas. So, one of the achievements ... is the American support for us accessing natural gas, and in fact we have gone a little further in trying to identify Jamaica as a possible hub for allowing natural gas to be delivered to the rest of the region," said Paulwell.

The letter of intent also provides for technical assistance in energy conservation and fuel diversification.

The US Department of Energy was represented by Dr. Ernest Monitz, who is part of the delegation of US president, Barack Obama, who arrived in the island yesterday.