J Wray & Nephew advances its sustainability agenda with LNG investment

J Wray & Nephew advances its sustainability agenda with LNG investment

Clarendon facility to be fully operational by the end of November

Sunday, October 13, 2019

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J Wray & Nephew Limited's (JWN) facility in New Yarmouth Estate located in Clarendon that had begun commissioning the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in August, will be fully operational by the end of November 2019.

According to Jean-Philippe Beyer, JWN's managing director, New Fortress Energy (NFE), the sole supplier of natural gas to Jamaica, will supply JWN with a monthly minimum of 60,000 MMBtu per month.

MMBtu refers to Metric Million British Thermal Unit which measures heat content and energy value in fuel, and is used in the power, steam generation, heating and air conditioning industries.

“This is a very important milestone; something that is very important for us as heavy fuel oil gets more expensive by the day. Also, from an environmental standpoint, LNG is more conducive, offers more stability, and is more consistent. Our calculation is that we will have significant savings at our Clarendon facility by using LNG.” Beyer was quoted in a press release.

“This agreement represents the latest effort by the Campari Group to introduce 'Best in Class' solutions to our Jamaican operations. This demonstrates that J Wray & Nephew's focus on sustainability is being recognised as a model for others to emulate,” he continued.

These comments come on the heels of JWN wimning the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association award for Energy Efficiency last Saturday (October 5), at the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Awards Gala.

Beyer also noted that JWN could also make the LNG conversion at its other islandwide facilities based on a favourable result from the implementation at its Clarendon location.

Chief executive officer of New Fortress Energy, Wes Edens stated that the introduction of natural gas has been a catalyst for energy transformation and economic growth in Jamaica, and JWN's transition to cleaner, more affordable energy is step towards positioning their business for long-term success and environmental sustainability.

With similar sentiments, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Fayval Williams in lauding the JWN move, noted that expert projections are that Jamaica is expected to record annual energy savings, totalling some US$304 million.

“Diversified fuel choices in Jamaica promote competition in the downstream natural gas sector, prescribe the required standards for the natural gas sector, ensure the protection and safety of consumers and the public, and ensure that regulation of the sector is transparent, rational and predictable,” Williams stated.

She added that the introduction of natural gas as a new sector will create significant job opportunities in many different areas and sectors throughout Jamaica.

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