'Chris' Zacca heading back to private sector

'Chris' Zacca heading back to private sector

Thursday, June 07, 2012

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CHRISTOPHER Zacca has resigned as chairman of Government's Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Steering Committee to take up a position in the private sector. His resignation takes effect tomorrow.

The announcement was made by Energy and Mining Minister Phillip Paulwell yesterday.

When contacted, Zacca — a former advisor to the previous Jamaica Labour Party Administration and who has served as chairman of the committee since November 2010 — would not divulge much on his next career move.

"I have decided to take on a major leadership position and where the timing is concerned one couldn't wait on the other so I had to make the decision to resign," he told the Jamaica Observer, adding that the announcement as to where he is heading will be made in "another couple of weeks".

While noting that he was sorry to be leaving at this stage, Zacca said the project has a very good team and is well on its way.

Zacca's replacement will be Dr Carlton Davis, who currently serves as ambassador and special envoy in the Office of the Prime Minister.

"Carlton is an excellent replacement and I wish him all the best," Zacca said.

Yesterday, Paulwell restated Government's commitment to the project and its timelines, while expressing confidence that under the new leadership, the LNG Project will be realised.

The LNG Steering Committee is expected to complete all its work by the end of the 2012 financial year and to have LNG infrastructure and supplies in place by 2014.

"The introduction of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is a fundamental element of the Government's fuel source diversification strategy, which includes investigating options for coal, petcoke, and renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydro power," Paulwell said.

However, for the purposes of the new 360-megawatt electricity generation plant and the bauxite/alumina industry, Paulwell said LNG remains the preferred fuel source.

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