Kelly Tomblin, president and CEO of Jamaica Public Service Company, affirmed on Wednesday that no part of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) installation being considered for its rebuilt Old Harbour 190-MW power supply facility will be at Goat Islands, this despite recent publications suggesting that this might be so.

Goat Island, a natural habitat which has been the subject of controversy, was said, by maritime-executive.com, to be under consideration for some part of the JPS LNG installation.

According to an October 11 publication on the website: “While the (LNG) trans-shipment facility will be built elsewhere, Goat Island and the Portland Bight may yet see development. Gas company New Fortress Energy plans to build an LNG-receiving terminal within the natural reserve… The location is desirable because it has sufficient depth to berth the FSRU (floating storage regasification unit) and the LNG carriers without need for dredging.”

However, Tomblin stated Wednesday that there are no such plans. She pointed to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) concluded for the gasification plan.

NFE South Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of New Fortress, is responsible for the supply of natural gas to the Old Harbour Plant.

As described in the EIA, the project proposes to construct a marine terminal facility comprising a vessel berth and offshore offloading and regasification platform at the general location approved by the Port Authority of Jamaica in the Portland Bight area of Jamaica.

This facility will accommodate a Floating Storage Unit (FSU) vessel for LNG storage and LNG carrier delivering to the FSU. The FSU is LNG carrier refitted for use as a storage vessel.

It is expected that the liquid gas from the FSU will be regasified and the gas would then be released into an undersea pipeline in (basically) a straight line from the platform to the vicinity of the JPS plant.

The EIA said that impacts from the construction and operation of the proposed project will potentially arise.

Impacts for the offshore facility were described for marine invertebrates, fish and filter feeders, marine mammals, and coral reef and seagrass communities.

Recommended mitigation for the offshore facility includes avoidance or relocation of macrofauna, such as starfish and sea cucumbers in working areas.

It also suggested that night-time activities should be limited or avoided when possible. “No lights should be pointed out to sea [to avoid] confusion and disorientation of turtles or any other species that may be affected by lunar activity,” the EIA stated.

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