Jamaica fires up first CHP plant, fuelled by LNG

New Fortress Energy began commercial operations of its gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the Jamalco refinery in Halse Hall, Clarendon, and hailed the development as another milestone achievement in Jamaica’s transition to natural gas.

“We are thrilled to announce the completion of the region’s first combined heat and power plant,” a company release quotes Wes Edens, chairman and founder of New Fortress Energy. “A project of this magnitude would not be possible without the collaborative efforts of the Government, Jamalco, and other key stakeholders who worked hand in hand with us from the beginning. This tremendous partnership is a great milestone for Jamaica’s economic and environmental progress.”

The CHP plant, the only one of its kind in the Caribbean, will supply up to 100 megawatts of power to Jamaica Public Service Company’s (JPS) national electricity grid as well as provide Jamalco with more than 280,000 pounds of steam per hour, improving the refinery’s energy efficiency.