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Pilot approved for JUTC to use LNG

Published:Wednesday | December 20, 2017 | 10:17 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Cabinet has approved the pilot project to retrofit some Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses to use liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The pilot is expected to begin in the first quarter of next year and will see five new LNG buses in operation.

Holness points out that this is part of serious efforts by the Government to achieve energy efficiency, and by extension energy diversification, which will result in sustainable economic growth.

He was addressing the launch of Red Stripe’s new production line, dubbed ‘line 8’ and LNG plant at its Spanish Town Road facility yesterday.

The Prime Minister adds that the Government has carefully examined a tax structure to incentivise the use of LNG.

He notes that currently, 18 per cent of the country’s energy production is based on renewable energy, and he would like to see that figure climb to 50 per cent soon.