RUBiS expanding
Ackeem Henry (left), lab technician at RUBiS, demonstratesa density test to recently installed Ambassador of France toJamaica, His Excellency Olivier Guyonvarch during a tourof the facility at Rockfort, Kingston on January 3, 2022. Theambassador's visit comes on the heels of RUBiS International'sacquisition of 80 per cent of France's leading independent solarenergy company Photosol.

FRENCH-OWNED petroleum marketing company RUBiS is making plans to increase its local footprint. This following the company's announcement to acquire 80 per cent of France's leading independent solar energy company, Photosol.

At the same time, the RUBiS group has committed to reducing carbon emission discharges from its operations by 20 per cent come 2030 through its diversification in renewable energies. These plans are in alignment with Jamaica's target of achieving 33 per cent of electricity generation from renewables by 2030, and 50 per cent by 2037.

The company has received the nod of approval from recently installed ambassador of France, Olivier Guyonvarch, who toured RUBiS's Rockfort location recently and noted that growth of French businesses in Jamaica is high on his agenda.

Guyonvarch believes that France and Jamaica have a lot to learn from each other and that France can be a valuable partner to Jamaica, especially in the areas of renewable energy and infrastructure. “Not only traditional energy, but new energy is of importance to Jamaica… There are quite a few French companies contributing to improved infrastructure also,” said the ambassador. He said processes which promote low carbon emissions are among his priorities.

RUBiS's participation in the local economy is among other notable French interests, including: Jamaica Infrastructure Operators (JIO), operators of the Highway 2000 east-west corridor; and Paradise Park, a 51.5 MWp PV farm based in Westmoreland, Jamaica — the largest solar farm in the English-speaking Caribbean supported by France's development bank.

The ambassador further noted that bilateral cooperation in the field of renewable energy is important for Jamaica, along with education and culture. He said he is eager to support local French operators and their interests, so understanding what they do is a priority for him. “I need to understand what the companies are doing, meet the people, so that I can better understand what I can do to help in the future,” he added.

The ambassador, who spent time in RUBiS's laboratory, learnt of the processes that base and finished products go through before they move to market. Over the years, the company has conducted arduous testing of its lubricants and chemicals to ensure consistency in the quality of products ahead of retail and commercial distribution.

RUBiS Energy Jamaica Limited (REJL) Director of Operations Wayne Fraser shared that though impacted by the pandemic, REJL remains strong. “The service stations remained opened throughout the pandemic and the business is looking to grow.”

Chief executive officer at REJL Alain Carreau highlighted that, “The future looks bright for RUBiS, and because our business supports the Jamaican people, it is our hope to continue to work with our communities across Jamaica.”

Alain Carreau (right), CEO, RUBiS, gestures to Ambassador of France to Jamaica, His Excellency Olivier Guyonvarch during a tour of the RUBiS facility at Rockfort, Kingston on January 3, 2022. The ambassador's visit comes on the heels of RUBiS International's acquisition of 80 percent of France's leading independent solar energy company, Photosol. Looking on is Operations Manager, Wayne Fraser (right).
Alain Carreau (right), CEO, RUBiS, explains the processes thatbase chemicals go through before they move to market tothe Ambassador of France to Jamaica, His Excellency OlivierGuyonvarch (left),m who toured the RUBiS facility at Rockfort,Kingston on January 3, 2022. The ambassador's visit comes onthe heels of RUBiS International's acquisition of 80 per cent ofFrance's leading independent solar energy company Photosol.Looking on is Wayne Fraser, operations manager.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at https://bit.ly/epaper-login

HOUSE RULES

  1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper; email addresses will not be published.
  2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.
  3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.
  4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.
  5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.
  6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.
  7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy