Start date set for work on Jamaican cogen plant

A start date has been announced for work on a cogeneration plant in Jamaica.

December 1 is the date given for work to begin on the 94 MWe plant at metal and mining firm Jamalco’s alumina production facility (pictured) in Clarendon parish.

Wesley Edens, CEO of US-based New Fortress Energy, announced the date this week. His firm has been contracted to build, own and operate the plant, with a planned commissioning date of December 2019.

The natural gas-fired plant is planned to supply high pressure steam for Jamalco’s facility and will sell its excess power to the grid. à‚ 

As part of the project, New Fortress Energy plans to build and operate a pipeline extending from a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) floating storage and re-gasification facility to the cogeneration plant. à‚ 

Jamalco chairman Will Randall said the plant “represents a significant step in securing a long-term energy solution for Jamalco, strengthening the business’ competitive position in the global alumina marketplace and enhancing its value.

“By structurally reducing costs, improving reliability and considerably decreasing emissions, we believe this project will be a key component of Jamalco’s growth.”

New Fortress Energy, which aims to boost the use of LNG in Jamaica, announced in June that it would supply the fuel to the Red Stripe brewery in Kingston for use in its CHP plant.à‚ 

The conversion from heavy fuel oil was expected to improve the plant’s steam output by over 50 per cent, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 6000 tonnes per year.à‚ 

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