The Ministry of Energy and Mining is to make a presentation to Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, on September 24, following which there should be a direction on the way forward for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), as the country seeks cheaper and varying energy sources.
Speaking at a press conference at the Ministry’s Trafalgar Road offices in Kingston, today (September 10), Energy and Mining Minister, Hon. James Robertson, explained that a Ministry Committee had met several times within the last two months, and that a request for final proposals from interested companies, would be issued within the next month.
“We have had visits numbering in the hundreds from many companies to look at many aspects of the liquefied natural gas build-out and roll-out. The Government at this time would have to be looking for companies that would be able to come in and give us a turn-key operation. A lot of work has been done, the staff at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has been working at it, (as well as) the Ministry, and the Prime Minister’s Task Force,” Mr. Robertson said.
Minister of Energy and Mining, Hon. James Robertson (centre), fields questions during a press conference, held at the Ministry’s Trafalgar Road offices in Kingston, today (September 10), to provide an update on developments in the bauxite industry, and energy related matters. Also participating are Commissioner of Mines, Mr. Clinton Thompson (right); and Executive Director of the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI), Parris Lyew Ayee.
He cited the 24th World Gas Conference slated for Argentina from October 3- 9, which a team from Jamaica will be attending, to have a final look at how a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) operates. An FSRU is a facility that receives LNG from off-loading carriers for plants.
The World Gas Conference provides a unique opportunity every three years to strengthen relationships with partners, customers and suppliers from around the world. This year, participants will be able to see the latest products and projects, and the conference will provide valuable outcomes to the key stakeholders of the global energy and gas industries.
The key technical discussions will include, among other things: the global energy challenge; reviewing the strategies for natural gas towards 2030; and the contribution of the natural gas industry, as it relates to supply, safety and the environment.