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JPS signs deal for US$330 million power plant

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South Jamaica Power Company, a subsidiary of the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited, is set to spend US$330 million to construct an LNG-fuelled 190 MW power plant in Old Harbour Bay, St Catherine.

The company has signed an engineering, procurement and construction contract with Spanish contracting firm TSK to build the plant by early 2019.

South Jamaica Power Company General Manager Dan Theoc, says the new power plant would facilitate the addition of more natural gas to the company’s fuel mix.

“The last [base load] power plant to be built by JPS was in 2003,” he pointed out, making reference to the Bogue Power Plant in Montego Bay, which was recently converted to use Natural Gas.

“This plant will be even more significant to the energy landscape in terms of both size and impact,” he said. The 190 MW power plant will not only facilitate fuel diversification with a cleaner fuel, which is important to Jamaica as an island state, but will also allow JPS to retire its ageing plant in Old Harbour Bay, the light and power company added.

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