Finally, natural gas!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

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The Jamaica Public Service’s (JPS) Bogue Power Plant in Montego Bay, St James, which has been converted to use liquefied natural gas (LNG), was commissioned into service Friday.

The commissioning event, dubbed ‘Gas to Jamaica Celebration’, was held to mark the milestone of bringing natural gas to Jamaica after multiple attempts over the years.

The long-awaited fuel, brought to Jamaica by US-based New Fortress Energy, will now be received at the Montego Bay Freeport terminal and transported to the Bogue Power Plant via an underground pipeline.

The plant will be the first power-generating station in Jamaica to use LNG, and will be followed next year by the highly anticipated 190-MW power plant to be constructed in Old Harbour Bay, St Catherine.

"This development opens a new chapter in the diversification of energy sources for local industrial purposes," JPS said in a news release. "In addition to bringing diversity to the choice of fuels locally, LNG is expected to contribute to stability in the energy market and to the production of cleaner energy."

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