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New hydroelectric plant to start operation next month, says JPS

Published:Monday | January 20, 2014 | 7:52 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says its new hydroelectric power plant is to start supplying energy to the national grid by February.




This will cut Jamaica's oil imports by some 43,000 barrels a year resulting in savings of some $430 million.



The US$36-million plant is being constructed in Maggotty, St Elizabeth.



According to the JPS, the plant will be supplying more renewable energy than originally planned.



The light and power company says the full capacity of the power plant was initially proposed to be 6.3 megawatts but final designs will allow for a maximum capacity of 7.2 megawatts.



The JPS says the first of two units were successfully tested last week Tuesday.



The Maggotty hydro electric plant is the largest in Jamaica since 1962.



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