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Development of Energy Sector A Firm Commitment– Dr. Wheatley

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government is firmly committed to the development of the country's energy sector. Addressing GB Energy-Texaco’s 2018 retailers’ conference at the Royalton Blue Waters Resort in Trelawny on Friday (May 11), he said continuous efforts will be made…

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More Regulations Coming for Petroleum Industry

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says more regulations are being crafted to direct the operations of the petroleum industry in order to ensure increased compliance. The new regulations form part of the recommendations made by the Petroleum Trade Reform Committee (PTRC) established to investigate reports…

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Minister Cites Impact of NCDs on Health Budget

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says non- communicable diseases (NCDs) take up 70 per cent of the country’s health budget, and represent the biggest public health challenge globally in the 21st Century. Dr. Wheatley says it is against this background that the World Health…

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ICAO/UNDP Solar-At-The-Gate Project Being Piloted in Jamaica

Solar facilities designed to provide electricity for Terminal Gate Number One at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston were, on Tuesday (April 24), handed over to the management by representatives from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Global Environment Facility. Jamaica was selected for…

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Increased Telecoms Competition Spurred New 658 Area Code – Dr. Wheatley

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, has cited increased competition among local telecommunications providers as the primary reason for the proposed introduction of the new 658 area code. Noting that “quite a number of service providers exist”, he argued that it is “only logical for (there…

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Upgrade of Petrojam Refinery on Track

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says plans are under way for the installation of a Vacuum Distillation Unit (VDU), which is the first phase in the upgrading of the Petrojam refinery. “We have signed off on the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract to do…

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IRP to Include Hydropower as Source of Renewable Energy

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says a special component of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which will be completed in a few weeks, will include hydropower as an alternate source of renewable energy Dr. Wheatley acknowledged that wind and solar power have already gathered significant…

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Innovation Centre Opens at SRC

An innovation lab, focused on the nurturing and development of revenue-generating clean technology companies within the region, was officially opened on Wednesday (April 11) at the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) Hope Gardens Complex, St. Andrew. The Science Resource Centre & Innovation Laboratory is managed by the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre…

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Energy Minister Recuperating in Hospital

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, and his driver are recuperating in hospital, following a motor-vehicle crash this morning (April 9), in Portmore, St. Catherine. The accident occurred at 9:00 a.m. at the four-way intersection of Passage Fort, Portsmouth, Waterford and Independence City. Health Minister,…

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Dr. Wheatley Welcomes Launch of LNG-Fuelled Vehicles by IGL

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, has commended IGL Limited for being the first company in Jamaica to introduce liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel its vehicles. The gas distributor on April 5 launched three LNG-powered tractor heads at Devon House in St. Andrew. The fuel…

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PCJ Steps up Exploratory Work

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) is undertaking seismic work along the island’s North Coast. Group General Manager for the PCJ, Winston Watson, speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, said that the explorers have found two small oil seeps in Trelawny. He noted that they have tested the oil,…

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Government Proceeding with Revocation of Symbiote’s Licence

The Government has commenced the process to revoke the licence issued to telecommunications firm, Symbiote, which operates as Caricel Jamaica. This was disclosed by Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, who indicated that this follows the entity’s failure to comply with all of the stipulated conditions…

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Jamaica Continues Repurchase Discussions

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says a team from Venezuela is expected to visit the island shortly to continue discussions on the proposal for Jamaica to repurchase Venezuela’s 49 per cent shareholding in Petrojam Limited. Venezuela owns 49 per cent of Petrojam through the…

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Vessel to Conduct 3D Seismic Survey Arrives

The vessel to undertake a 3D seismic survey of Jamaica’s south coast this month has arrived in the island. The state-of-the-art 3D seismic vessel, Polarcus Adira, will carry out a seismic survey to determine the way forward for the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s (PCJ) oil and gas exploration programme. This…

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Energy Conservation is Still Priority – PCJ

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) is reminding Jamaicans that energy conservation should still be the first priority, even as Jamaica launches into the oil and gas exploration industry. Speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, Manager, Corporate Affairs and Communication at the PCJ, Camille Taylor, said the agency is…

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PM Says 5,000 Solar Lamps Will Be Distributed to Energy-Poor Households

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says an initial 5,000 solar lamps will be made available under a programme being developed to assist energy-poor households. This is in light of house fires that since the start of the year have claimed the lives of eight adults and five children,…

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PCJ Raising Awareness about Oil and Gas Exploration

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) is undertaking a public education campaign on its oil and gas exploration programme. Manager for Corporate Affairs and Communication at the PCJ, Camille Taylor, said the focus is primarily on the activities being undertaken off the island’s south coast by the United Kingdom (UK)…

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Farmers, Small Entrepreneurs Encouraged to Utilise Community Access Points

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, is encouraging farmers and small entrepreneurs to utilize Community Access Points (CAPs), to market their products Dr. Wheatley, who was speaking at Friday’s (March 16) commissioning of the Thompson Town CAP in Clarendon, said farmers and small entrepreneurs should leverage…

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Jamaica to Gain Much If Oil is found

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) says Jamaica stands to gain positively from the Production Sharing Agreement with Tullow Oil Limited, in the exploration for oil and gas off the island’s coast. Group General Manager for the PCJ, Winston Watson, speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, said there are…

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