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  • Cabinet will be appointing an enterprise team headed by Dr. Vincent Lawrence, to oversee the full implementation of the construction of a 381-megawatt energy plant in Jamaica by 2016.
  • The enterprise team will report to Prime Minister, the Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller and the Cabinet.
  • The Energy Minister noted that the country will receive regular reports from the team on the project, which will comprise six individuals, two of whom will be nominated by the private sector group.

Cabinet will be appointing an enterprise team headed by Dr. Vincent Lawrence, to oversee the full implementation of the construction of a 381-megawatt energy plant in Jamaica by 2016.

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell made the announcement, on Tuesday, May 6, as he opened the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.

“The enterprise team will report to Prime Minister, the Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller and the Cabinet. The enterprise team will be mandated to have the project implemented by 2016. That timing is sacrosanct,” Mr. Paulwell outlined.

The Energy Minister noted that the country will receive regular reports from the team on the project, which will comprise six individuals, two of whom will be nominated by the private sector group.

“I am aware of the Prime Minister’s passion to bring cheaper electricity to the people of Jamaica and our fervent desire to foster growth in the Jamaican economy. I pledge my own support and commitment to ensure that we meet this timeline,” Mr. Paulwell stated.

Meanwhile, the Energy Minister informed that he will be consulting with the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) regarding the revocation of Energy World International’s (EWI) license to construct the energy plant.

The OUR recommended in April that Energy World International be granted a license for the supply of 381 megawatts of electric power to the JPS.

However Mr. Paulwell explained that the Inter-American Development Bank in a communication to EWI indicated that the bank was not willing to finance the project.

“My considered view is that this project remains one of critical importance to Jamaica and represents a significant and viable opportunity to realise the reduction in the cost of electricity that has eluded the country for so long,” he said.

The Minister noted that his Ministry has worked tirelessly towards lowering electricity prices and will continue to pursue cheaper energy solutions for the Jamaican people.

“This project is of such national importance that it behooves all Jamaicans to ensure that we preserve our country’s international reputation and foster greater business and investor confidence going forward,” Mr. Paulwell said.