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  • Chairman of the Electricity Sector Enterprise Team (ESET), Dr. Vin Lawrence, says the entity has been working assiduously to ensure that its mandate of establishing a framework for the development of the electricity sector in Jamaica is realised.
  • Dr. Lawrence noted that ESET remains in close contact with the Government and the Opposition, to discuss plans and policies for the sector.
  • The conversion of the Bogue plant from a solely automotive diesel oil-run facility to a dual ADO-liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant will see the JPSCo moving about 10 per cent of its overall electricity generation to gas.

Chairman of the Electricity Sector Enterprise Team (ESET), Dr. Vin Lawrence, says the entity has been working assiduously to ensure that its mandate of establishing a framework for the development of the electricity sector in Jamaica is realised.

Addressing a ceremony in Montego Bay, where the Bogue power conversion  project was launched by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo)  on  October 13, Dr. Lawrence said ESET has had an interesting year since it was established by the Government in June 2014.

“We have been able to get a full understanding as to what the country needs and what should be Government policy, and ensure that the Government’s policy begins to take primacy of place in what happens as far as the sector is concerned,” he said.

Dr. Lawrence noted that ESET remains in close contact with the Government and the Opposition, to discuss plans and policies for the sector.

“There is a complete meeting of minds as it relates to the need for electricity and how we deal with the electricity sector at this particular time. I want to think that this augurs well for the country as we go forward,” he said.

The ESET Chairman also announced that approval was given by Cabinet for the conversion of the Bogue Power Plant as well as a number of other projects in October last year in an effort to ensure the provision of reliable electricity at an affordable cost to the consumer.

Meanwhile, Dr. Lawrence said the Bogue project is phase one of a larger project, with ESET being in the final stage of selecting a preferred bidder for the supply of gas to a 190-megawatt plant.

“We are very happy about that and we are very happy to have reached where we are with regard to this project,” he said.

The conversion of the Bogue plant from a solely automotive diesel oil-run facility to a dual ADO-liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant will see the JPSCo moving about 10 per cent of its overall electricity generation to gas.

The project, set for completion by the second quarter of 2016, is being undertaken at a cost of US$22.5 million (J$2.5 billion).