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LNG is the key, says New Fortress Energy boss

Staff reporter

Sunday, August 06, 2017

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Managing Director of New Fortress Energy Brannen McElmurray says the transformation of Jamaica's and the Caribbean's energy environment is hinged on the beginning of the use of liquified natural gas (LNG).

“Transforming the Caribbean's energy landscape, improving energy efficiencies and reducing environmental impacts start with LNG as a fuel source,” underscored McElmurray, who was speaking to the Jamaica Observer about the company's plans in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

“LNG has been shipped internationally with no incidents, resulting in a loss of cargo at sea or in port. LNG is also the safest of all hydrocarbon fuels due to its unique physical properties: non-toxic, odorless, not pressurised, colourless, and not corrosive.”

His remarks followed a session at the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) Conference held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre recently.

McElmurray argued that in the Caribbean in today's energy space, the biggest challenges are focused around environmental impact and energy efficiencies.

But he was, however, quick to state that the international firm, New Fortress Energy, which has already started delivering LNG to the island following successful completion of a deal with the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) and agreements with Red Stripe and Jamalco, started with a simple goal — find a better fuel.

“Today, small-scale LNG distribution is transforming how companies do business in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean. New Fortress Energy's unique experience and expertise provides transportation, industrial and power users with a more efficient fuel source,” the New Fortress Energy managing director stated.

“New Fortress Energy has the technical knowledge to develop a custom LNG solution to meet your energy needs,” he went on.

He stressed that the benefits of using LNG as a fuel include reduced emissions, higher efficiencies, and multiple secondary benefits.

“Some of these secondary benefits include steam, chilled water, hot water, and hot and cold air. When these by-products are capitalised on with the right expertise and technical advancements, they can be re-purposed, creating additional, free energy,” McElmurray argued.

“Hot water for instance can be repurposed to provide heating or to generate hot water for a plant's process. Steam and cold air can be captured through our technical advancements and used to ultimately increase efficiency and reduce costs.

“These by-products each offer diverse applications and our team has the capacity to analyse the best method (s) to repurpose them based on your energy needs. The added benefits can result in a positive impact to your bottom line.”

He noted that New Fortress Energy has a team of experts with the knowledge to implement technical solutions, accounting for each step in the supply chain, from procurement and liquefaction to transportation and infrastructure development.

“Our technical experts can evaluate your energy needs and put a plan in place, introducing an LNG system optimally designed for your operations,” McElmurray remarked.

The five-day CARILEC conference, which was held under the theme 'Re-Engineering our Energy Future:a Utility in a Disruptive Age”, saw hundreds of engineers from across the Caribbean and Latin America in attendance.

The conference was open to engineers, utility workers, petroleum dealers, industry professionals, as well as to vendors showcasing technologies, goods and services applicable to the utility sector.

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