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  • Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government is building an energy sector that embraces private-sector investments.
  • Addressing the official opening of Texaco Central Village service station in St. Catherine on June 27, Dr. Wheatley noted that existing policies and a regulatory framework are in place to further develop investments of this nature, which “GB Energy (Texaco) is making use of”.
  • He indicated that as the Government develops the country’s energy security, “we’re going to need the support of private-sector entities such as GB”.

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government is building an energy sector that embraces private-sector investments.

Addressing the official opening of Texaco Central Village service station in St. Catherine on June 27, Dr. Wheatley noted that existing policies and a regulatory framework are in place to further develop investments of this nature, which “GB Energy (Texaco) is making use of”.

He indicated that as the Government develops the country’s energy security, “we’re going to need the support of private-sector entities such as GB”.

The Minister acknowledged the development and growth of the petroleum company, which continues to supply its 70-plus service stations with fuel, as evidence “of the level of confidence it has in the economy and stability of the country”.

“It is also evidence of the company’s commitment to provide relatively cheap, clean, affordable and accessible energy,” he added.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GB Energy and Texaco Jamaica, Mauricio Pulido, said the Central Village location is one of nine new stations scheduled to be opened this year, which will contribute to keeping the company’s “number-one position in the retail market in Jamaica”.

He informed that the company will celebrate its 100th anniversary of operations in Jamaica in 2019, which will be marked with a full year of events.

Mr. Pulido assured residents and other stakeholders of GB Energy’s commitment to the community, and insisted that its newest location will contribute to the development and growth of Jamaica’s children, through education, by adopting the nearby Central Road Basic School.

“We are committed to supporting the school as best we can with its development activities, and we look forward to working with the students and staff,” he said.

Mr. Pulido also assured his company’s commitment to its clients to bring the latest industry technology to the local market and to continue leading with innovation and excellent customer service.

Spanish Town Mayor, Councillor Norman Scott, pledged the St. Catherine Municipal Corporation’s continued support of the longevity of the service station and ensured cooperation from the community to make its operations a success.

His sentiments were also echoed by East St. Catherine Member of Parliament, Denise Daley.