Mon | Dec 11, 2017

Groundbreaking December for heat and power plant at Jamalco

Published:Friday | November 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Wesley Edens, founder and chairman of New Fortress Energy (NFE), recently announced that the company will officially break ground for the new combined heat and power plant at JAMALCO refinery in December.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness will be the keynote speaker at the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a natural gas-fired cogeneration plant, which will provide 94 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the national grid and steam to the alumina refinery to increase efficiency and lower production costs.

The event will take place on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the JAMALCO refinery at Halse Hall, Clarendon. Attendees at the ground-breaking ceremony include Dr Andrew Wheatley, minister of energy, science and technology; Dr Peter Phillips, leader of the opposition; chairman and founder of NFE; Wes Edens, executives of Noble Investments, JAMALCO; other government ministers; members of parliament, and other stakeholders.

Cabinet approved the JAMALCO-proposed project for the establishment of the plant and NFE was engaged to build and operate the cogeneration facility. Construction of the facility is projected for completion in December 2019.

 

OVER 400 TO BE EMPLOYED

 

The NFE-led development of this new facility at the JAMALCO plant will involve the employment of more than 400 workers during construction. The major components of the project include a floating storage and regasification terminal in the marine environment of Portland Bight; the installation of a pipeline from the Rocky Point Port to the JAMALCO refinery; the construction of the natural-gas-fired power station; and the construction of an electricity distribution network to deliver power to the national grid.

Edens has expressed confidence that Jamaica will become a model for the region and the world as the country embraces renewables and the introduction of LNG. He has observed that Jamaica and the wider Caribbean are ripe for investment. He welcomed the opportunity to pioneer the introduction of natural gas in Jamaica beginning with the transformation of the Jamaica Public Service's Bogue plant in Montego Bay, St James. In 2016, the Bogue plant was converted from running on automotive diesel oil to natural gas.