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JPS CEO woos shipping industry collaboration on LNG hub development

Published:Tuesday | November 24, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Team members from sponsors Seaboard Freight & Shipping Jamaica Ltd join Kelly Tomblin (fourth from right) for a photo. From left: Ryan McKenzie, Jhordanne McDonald, Michelle Marks, Mark Wallace, Tameka Rufus, Kelly Tomblin, Coreen Williams, Renee Davis, and Junior Watson.
From left: JPS CEO Kelly Tomblin receives a token of appreciation following her presentation to members of the shipping industry from Coreen Williams, director of sales and marketing at Seaboard Freight & Shipping Jamaica Ltd, which sponsored the event. Also in this photo is Denise Lyn Fatt, vice-president of the Shipping Association of Jamaica.
Immediate past president of the Shipping Association of Jamaica, Roger Hinds poses a question to Kelly Tomblin. Beside him is corporate secretary/legal counsel - Kingston Wharves Limited, Anna Harry.
From left: Kelly Tomblin emphasises her point as she addresses members of the Shipping Association of Jamaica at its ‘Lunch and Learn’ recently hosted at the association’s headquarters in Newport West. Looking on are SAJ Group CEO Trevor Riley and Coreen Williams, director of sales and marketing at Seaboard Freight & Shipping Jamaica Ltd, which sponsored the event.
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JPS CEO woos shipping industry collaboration on LNG hub development

In the wake of its recent announcement of the much-anticipated US$22.54 million (J$2.5 billion) Bogue Gas Conversion Project, the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) has urged the country's shipping industry to partner with the utility industry to help bolster national economic development efforts.

Addressing the industry at a special 'Lunch & Learn' presentation hosted by the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) and sponsored by Seaboard Freight & Shipping Jamaica Ltd, JPS CEO Kelly Tomblin shared the utility company's ambition to make Jamaica the liquefied natural gas (LNG) capital of the Caribbean region.

She noted the importance of the deal with American company New Fortress Energy LLC, which will invest more than $200 million to construct the LNG terminal in Jamaica. The facility is expected to generate more than 200,000 metric tonnes of LNG annually, which will initially be supplied to the domestic market.

The Port Authority of Jamaica has signalled its intention to fast-track its modernisation plans for the Montego Bay port, which is to become the hub of the country's LNG operations, and is also likely to serve as a refuelling station for cruise ships and cargo ships that run on LNG.

LNG will bring further logistics opportunities for the SAJ's members, including fuel bunkering and transportation of gas within Jamaica to meet the energy needs of the transport and bauxite sectors, as well as other local industries.

Aside from noting the myriad market opportunities that are emerging as a result of the investment in alternative fuel - some of which are already being explored and developed by the SAJ's members - the JPS CEO urged stakeholders to continue to work with gas suppliers to have gas come to Jamaica. She encouraged partnerships with new energy providers to help get supplies and equipment to sites across the country speedily and efficiently. She also asked the industry to continue its lobbying efforts for policies that promote logistics businesses in Jamaica and the setting up of Special Economic Zones.

Citing the JPS's commitment to collaboration with the shipping and logistics sector, Tomblin noted that planned generation projects will reduce dependence on oil over the next three to five years, with Jamaica destined to have the third-lowest energy costs in the Caribbean.