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LNG at Alpart a win for Jamaicans, environment - JET

Published:Saturday | November 4, 2017 | 9:46 AM
McCaulay ... heartened to see that the concerns of Jamaicans were considered during the decision-making process.

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) says the decision to use liquefied natural gas instead of coal at alumina plant, Alpart, is a victory for Jamaicans and the environment.

JET notes that the announcement by Mining Minister, Mike Henry, comes exactly one year after the lobby group presented a petition signed by more than 21,000 people requesting that the government refuse a proposal to construct a coal-fired facility at the Nain, St Elizabeth plant.

The refinery was acquired by Jiquan Iron & Steel Company Limited (JISCO) which indicated plans for a 1,000-megawatt coal-powered plant.

JET's chief executive officer, Diana McCaulay, says she is heartened to see that the concerns of Jamaicans were considered during the decision-making process for the new facility.

According to McCaulay, the move is a win for public health and the climate and will hopefully usher in a new era of careful consideration for environmental concerns.

In the meantime, JET wants the government to provide as soon as possible, additional information on the exact plans for the new facility.