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Jamaica receives first LNG cargo for 120 MW power plant

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JPS, the Jamaican energy company, has announced that it has received its first shipment of gas for the 120 MW Bogue power plant in Montego Bay. New Fortress Energy provided the cargo via the Golar Arctic carrier. It was delivered to the port of Kingston.

The President and CEO of JPS, Kelly Tomblin, said: “JPS is proud to be partnering with New Fortress Energy to lead the introduction of natural gas to Jamaica.

“The country has been trying to achieve fuel diversity for a long time, and 2016 represents the year that it has really happened, with the introduction of gas, grid-scale solar, and the addition of significant wind capacity to the grid. Natural gas will play a key role in transforming the energy sector, while supporting industrial development and economic growth. We are definitely on the threshold of great things for Jamaica and the region.”

The LNG supply agreement was signed by New Fortress Energy and JPS in 2015. In 2016, the power plant itself was successfully converted to run on gas, as well as automotive diesel oil (ADO). JPS claims that New Fortress Energy is currently finalising the construction of the Montego Bay LNG terminal, which is scheduled for completion before the end of August 2016. Once the terminal has been fully built, both parties will commence the commissioning process.

The Founder and Co-Chairman of the Board of Fortress Investment Group, Wes Edens, said: “The arrival of gas is a historic development for energy diversity and stability in Jamaica.

“Thanks to the visionary leadership of the Jamaican Government and JPS, the expansion of the energy sector will allow for more reliable and affordable natural gas to support sustainable economic growth and environmental stewardship. We’re proud to invest in this goal and excited to help bring Jamaica one step closer to becoming a clean energy hub for the Caribbean and Latin America.”

JPS has also reached an agreement with New Fortress to extend the supply of gas to Jamaica for the new 190 MW power plant in Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine. New Fortress Energy will privately finance and develop the infrastructure need to deliver LNG to the facility.

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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