Jamaica’s energy company, JPS, has announced the arrival of natural gas to Jamaica. Supplied by New Fortress Energy, the first shipment arrived at the port of Kingston on theGolar Arctic on Friday, August 5. The introduction of gas represents a historic milestone for Jamaica, as the nation pursues energy diversification and the expansion of its energy sector.
Just a year ago, New Fortress Energy signed an agreement with JPS to supply LNG for Jamaica’s 120-megawatt power plant in Bogue, Montego Bay. Earlier this year, the plant was converted to run on gas as well as Automotive Diesel Oil (ADO).
New Fortress Energy is finalizing construction of the Montego Bay LNG terminal and is on track for mechanical completion this month. After the terminal is complete, JPS and New Fortress Energy will begin the commissioning process.
JPS and New Fortress Energy have also signed an agreement to extend the supply of gas to Jamaica to the new 190-megawatt power plant at Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine. New Fortress Energy has agreed to privately finance and develop the infrastructure necessary to deliver LNG to the new Old Harbour plant.
“JPS is proud to be partnering with New Fortress Energy to lead the introduction of natural gas to Jamaica,” said JPS President and CEO, Kelly Tomblin. “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,” she said.