The long anticipated 190MW Power Plant is one step closer to reality, with the Official Groundbreaking Ceremony set to take place on Friday April 7, at the JPS Old Harbour Plant, in St. Catherine. The 190MW Power Station will boast the largest power generating capacity of any power plant in Jamaica. It also represents the largest mobilization of local capital for investment in the energy sector. The cost of the power plant is US$330M, or J$42.57B most of which was raised locally.
The construction of the plant will result in employment for over 700 persons at the skilled, semi-skilled and labourer levels. The new power plant, which will operate on Natural Gas – the second such power plant in Jamaica – will be under construction for a period of 27 months.
The new plant will add significantly to the energy diversification programme, helping to reduce the nation’s over-dependence on oil, and providing cleaner energy for the country.