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James Robertson responds to leaked LNG report

Published:Wednesday | January 12, 2011 | 5:51 PM

Energy Minister James Robertson is this evening dismissing suggestions by the Opposition that he was relieved of responsibility for the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project because of the damning findings of a recent report on the project.

He said the move was in keeping with one of the recommendations in the Bauxite and Alumina Taskforce report, which suggested that a special Cabinet committee be established to handle this portion of the nation’s energy policy.

Earlier today, Opposition Spokesman on Energy, Phillip Paulwell suggested that the LNG project was transferred from the Energy Ministry to a special multi-sectoral committee because of the damning conclusions drawn by the consultants commissioned to examine its feasibility.

But Robertson said he applauds and supports the decision of the Prime Minister to transfer the project to the Cabinet committee and adds that he stands by the work done by his Ministry and the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica.

He said it has always been the position of the Ministry that this was a necessary move that should come at this critical juncture in the development process.