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JMA President unmoved by energy promises

Published:Tuesday | June 15, 2010 | 8:53 AM

The president of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) Omar Azan has blasted the government for what he says is its failure to diversify Jamaica’s energy sources to bring down the cost of electricity.

“The government has only made grand announcements about the use of cheaper energy in the generation of power,” said Azan.

Yesterday, the energy minister said the government is working on a programme to introduce Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Jamaica by late 2012.

However, Azan is expressing skepticism about the programme.

The energy minister has indicated that the transition from crude oil to LNG will require the JPS and the independent producers of power to invest in new technologies and generating systems.

He said the companies have expressed their willingness to undertake the necessary changes.

However, the JMA president has renewed calls to increase the competition in the energy-generating sector to help to cut cost.