JPS signs contract for power generation plant

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ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — South Jamaica Power Company (SJPC), a subsidiary of the Jamaica Public Service Company, yesterday signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Spanish firm TSK, for the construction of a 190 megawatt power plant in Old Harbour Bay, St Catherine.

The entire cost of the plant is approximately US$330 million, JPS said in a release today.

General Manager of SJPC, Dan Theoc, speaking at the signing ceremony, noted that the new power plant would facilitate the addition of more Natural Gas to the fuel mix.

“The last [base load] power plant to be built by JPS was in 2003,” he pointed out, making reference to the Bogue Power Plant in Montego Bay, which was recently converted to use Natural Gas.

“This plant will be even more significant to the energy landscape in terms of both size and impact,” he said. The 190 MW power plant will not only facilitate fuel diversification with a cleaner fuel, which is important to Jamaica as an island state, but will also allow JPS to retire its ageing plant in Old Harbour Bay, the light and power company added.

JPS disclosed that the power plant will be completed by early 2019.

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