New JPS power plant to be commissioned 3rd quarter, 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica Public Service (JPS) is reporting that the 190 Megawatt natural gas power plant, which is presently under construction, is now over 90 per cent complete and will be commissioned into service by the third quarter of this year.

Once the new power plant is commissioned, the older Old Harbour Bay Plant will be decommissioned in phases, until is taken completely offline by the first quarter of 2020, JPS said in a release today.

“This will mean that roughly one third of our power generation will be coming from a brand new facility. This translates to greater efficiency and will also help to keep prices stable,” President and CEO of JPS, Emanuel DaRosa said noting that the development will be a “game-changer” for the generation of electricity.

The new power plant will use natural gas as its primary fuel, with automotive diesel oil only as a back-up.

According to JPS, the benefits expected to accrue from this addition to the energy sector are improved energy diversity, with the expected dependence on oil dropping from above 60 per cent to about 36 per cent; stability in the pricing of electricity, helping to smooth out the spikes in oil prices; and cleaner energy with no sulphur emissions.

The Old Harbour Bay community has also benefitted from the project, JPS said, as over 200 people from that community have gained employment, as part of the nearly 600 people who have been employed to carry out the construction project.

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