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Engineering students urged to help build LNG sector in Ja

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM
From left: Kevin Franz, senior vice-president at New Fortress Energy (NFE), in conversation with Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Professor Dale Webber; Sasha Lewis, recent UWI graduate and project engineer at NFE; and Dr Paul Aiken, dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the UWI, Mona, during Research Day at the university recently.

Senior vice-president at New Fortress Energy (NFE), Kevin Frantz, has encouraged students who have chosen engineer as a career path to get involved in the country’s transition to liquified natural gas (LNG).

“I encourage you to be proactive, get involved by doing research and pulling together statistics, global trends and other information about LNG. The sector is still very new in Jamaica, and in many parts of the world for that matter, which means there’s a lot to learn and discover, so don’t box yourselves in,” Frantz told engineering students during a presentation on Research Day at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.

“The projects we’ve completed to date in bringing LNG to Jamaica have put the country leaps and bounds ahead in the Caribbean. As engineering students, there are huge opportunities for you to get involved and help shape this growing sector and Jamaica’s economic future,” Frantz said.

As a global energy infrastructure company, NFE continues to make strides in diversifying Jamaica’s energy sector.

Seven Wonders of LNG


In his presentation, Frantz broke down the ‘for the students, which include reduced energy costs, increased efficiency, improved power quality, environmental stewardship, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, decentralised power, and making LNG the primary source to one’s current backup installation.


Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the UWI, Dr Paul Aiken, highlighted that the campus had saved more than J$56 million anually in the first phase of its co-generation partnership with New Fortress Energy. In a strategic partnership, the energy company is providing UWI with affordable and environmentally friendly LNG, as well as leading the expansion of the university’s co-generation plant. The undertaking is expected to reduce costs for the campus by more than J$356 million annually at the end of phase two of the project, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 16 per cent.


New Fortress Energy has also committed to providing scholarships to top-performing students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics students at both the UWI, and other tertiary institutions who are in need of financial support.


Over the past two years, the company has awarded scholarships to more than 50 tertiary-level students, including Sasha Lewis from the UWI and Zoran Watkis from the University of Technology, who are both now employed to NFE as project engineers.