‘ESET Gone Silent’ – Montague

Opposition Spokesman on Energy, Senator Robert Montague, is raising concern this afternoon over what he says is the silence of the government about plans to build a 190-megawatt LNG power plant in Old Harbour, St. Catherine.

The Jamaica Public Service Company, JPS, is still to say how it will proceed with the project, after it’s preferred bidder, the Spanish based firm Abengoa, began bankruptcy proceedings in November.

Senator Montague is questioning the diligence shown by members of the government’s Electricity Sector Enterprise Team, ESET, which examined the bona fides submitted by Abengoa.

He says crucial details which were missed by ESET, have now served to delay a project that should by now be into the implementation phase.

Senator Montague says with the construction of the plant now in limbo, ESET must articulate the way forward.

He dismissed the argument that it’s the JPS which needs to tell the country about what it will do in the wake of the difficulties facing Abengoa.