45% of JPS Energy to Come from LNG by 2019

The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) says that by June 2019, 45-percent of the energy it supplies to the country will come from cheaper, cleaner liquefied natural gas (LNG).

By then, the power company’s Old Harbour and Jamaica Aluminum Company, Jamalco, plants will come on stream to join the Bogue facility in St. James, which received its first shipment of LNG in October last year.

JPS says that will leave about 40-percent fossil fuel and 15-percent renewable.

JPS notes that the renewables will be from solar, wind and hydropower, which are also a growing part of the energy mix.

JPS, in August, signed a power purchase agreement with the United States company, New Fortress South Power Holdings Limited, for the construction of a 94-megawatt power plant on the grounds of the Jamalco bauxite operations in Clarendon.

New Fortress will also supply the power entity’s 190-MegaWatt gas-fired power plant being developed in Old Harbour, St Catherine.

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