Gov’t to Conduct Pre-Feasibility Studies on Six Hydro Projects

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  • Cabinet has approved the award of a contract to Studio Pietrangeli and Environmental and Engineering Managers Limited, to carry out pre-feasibility studies on six small scale hydro projects island-wide.
  • The aim is to determine the viability of hydropower generation in the country, and is in keeping with the National Energy Policy.
  • Hydropower has been identified as one of the key local energy sources, which could contribute to the achievement of national energy targets.

Cabinet has approved the award of a contract to Studio Pietrangeli and Environmental and Engineering Managers Limited, to carry out pre-feasibility studies on six small scale hydro projects island-wide.

The aim is to determine the viability of hydropower generation in the country, and is in keeping with the National Energy Policy.

Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, who made the disclosure at a recent Jamaica House press briefing, said that hydropower has been identified as one of the key local energy sources, which could contribute to the achievement of national energy targets.

“To further this process, support was received from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development,” she informed.

The contract, in the sum of US$1,159,665, will include assessment of sites at Green and Wild Cane Rivers, St. Thomas; Rio Cobre Dam Head, St. Catherine; Back Rio Grande Valley, Rio Grande Valley 1 and 2, and Swift River 1, Portland.

The studies will determine the technical, potential environmental and social impacts, and the economic and financial viability of each site.

Further updates will be provided as the project progresses, Senator Falconer said.

The National Energy Policy stipulates that at least 20 per cent of Jamaica’s energy supply must come from renewable sources by 2030.

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