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JPS plans more meetings with ESET over Old Harbour power plant issues

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 1:35 AM
JPS president and chief executive officer, Kelly Tomblin says ESET has asked for more details on the plan to engage a China-based energy company to replace the initial bid winner, Abengoa, which has initiated bankruptcy proceedings.

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says more meetings have been scheduled this month with the Electricity Sector Enterprise Team (ESET) to discuss plans to engage a new company to build a major power plant in Old Harbour, St Catherine. 

JPS president and chief executive officer, Kelly Tomblin, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre of the developments yesterday following a meeting with the team set up by the government. 

Tomblin says ESET has asked for more details on the plan to engage a China-based energy company to replace the initial bid winner, Abengoa, which has initiated bankruptcy proceedings.

She says, among other things, JPS needs to satisfy the team of the company's ability to finance the project. 

 

JPS CEO and president, Kelly Tomblin

Meanwhile, Tomblin says previous failed attempts to build the plant have damaged the confidence of the public. 

However, she says the JPS is committed to ensuring that this latest effort to build the power plant is not derailed. 

 

Kelly Tomblin

Spanish company, Abengoa late last month, filed for protection from creditors a few days after it was named as the preferred bidder to build the 190-megawatt combined-cycle plant in Old Harbour.

Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell said then that there was no need to panic and that the JPS should be given the space to continue the procurement process.