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JPS testing new hydroelectric plant

Published: Monday December 9, 2013 | 3:52 pm Comments 0
Corporate headquarters of Jamaica Public Service Company Limited, Knutsford Boulevard, New Kingston. - File
Corporate headquarters of Jamaica Public Service Company Limited, Knutsford Boulevard, New Kingston. - File

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Public Service, company (JPS) says it is conducting dry tests of its new Maggotty hydroelectric plant that is expected to result in yearly savings of J$430 million on Jamaica’s oil expenditure.


The plant which is based in St Elizabeth, is expected to add 6.3 megawatt of electricity to the national grid.

It is also expected to cut Jamaica's oil importation by 43,000 barrels of oil annually.

The JPS says the dry tests activities are being undertaken on the plant's equipment and operating systems, in preparation for its connection to the country’s transmission and distribution network.

It says this entails the testing of systems prior to the introduction of water to the new plant.

A substation at the site is also being upgraded to facilitate the new power station.

And the JPS says while the project presently employs 92 persons, as many as 200 persons were employed.

The Maggotty Hydro Plant will be the second one to be built on the current site, and will bring to nine, the number of hydroelectric power plants operated by JPS across the island.

No date has been given for when the plant will begin formal operations.

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