ALPART to use LNG not coal
The mining ministry has revealed that it will be using liquefied natural gas (LNG) and not coal to power the ALPART Refinery in Nain, St Elizabeth.
Last year, there was outcry from sections of the society when it was revealed that coal was being considered as the source of energy for the plant, now owned by Jiquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO).
Environmentalists argued that if the government allowed a coal-fired plant to be built in St Elizabeth, it would be at odds with Jamaica’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Mining Minister Mike Henry today announced that JISCO has informed him that LNG will be used as the preferred source of energy to drive the development of a 230 megawatt power plant, the new two-million-tonne alumina refinery, and the expansion of Port Kaiser.
He says Chairman of JISCO, Chen Chunming, last week gave him the written undertaking following the clear position of the government that Jamaica’s development must be in tandem with best practices to protect the environment, reduce green house gas emissions and minimise the effect of climate change.