JIS News

Come next month, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) will commence work to expand the generating capacity of the Wigton Windfarm in Manchester.
The US$49.9-million project will add a further 18 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity to the existing 20.7 MW, to an overall capacity to 38.7 MW.
The plan includes the addition of nine, 2-megawatt wind turbine generators from Vestas Wind Systems, and plant operating facilities.
Speaking at a recent press briefing held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, Group Managing Director of the PCJ, Ruth Potopsingh said the project would last for a year and the new equipment commissioned by 2010.
“On completion”, she said, “the 38.7 MW plant will significantly reduce the nation’s petroleum import bill by US$6.4 million a year, representing some 65,000 barrels of oil”.
With heightened interest in global warming and the thrust to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emission, she informed that the savings in fuel would reduce CO2 emission by approximately 90 tonnes.
She added that 4.8 per cent of the nation’s energy would be supplied by wind power with some 12 MW of energy being delivered to the national grid.
Wigton Windfarm Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the PCJ and was incorporated in April 2000, to generate power from wind and to facilitate renewable energy projects in Jamaica.