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Energy Enterprise Team to provide update today on electricity expansion quest

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 6:02 AM

The Energy Sector Enterprise Team (ESET) is to provide an update to the country today on its quest to add 381 megawatts of electricity generating capacity to Jamaica's power grid.

The ESET is to provide the update at a news conference this morning at Jamaica House.

The event, to be chaired by Information Minister, Sandrea Falconer, had been set to begin at 10 o’clock.

In February, ESET announced it had signed off on two projects which would see Jamaica benefiting from 330 megawatts of new generating capacity.

It had said the Cabinet had given approval for the Jamaica Public Service company (JPS) to build a 190 megawatt gas turbine power plant and a gas terminal in Old Harbour, St. Catherine.

In St. Elizabeth, Alpart is to build a 140 megawatt gas turbine co-generation facility which will supply steam to the St Elizabeth-based refinery and power to the JPS grid.

The government is seeking to increase Jamaica's generating capacity and replace 292 megawatts of Heavy Fuel Oil Power Plants in Old Harbour and Hunts Bay by 2017.

Energy Minister, Phillip Paulwell had initially been pushing for a 2016 timeline for the delivery of a 360 megawatt power plant.

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However, those plans were derailed after Energy World International, the company selected to build the plant, failed to get financial support.