JPS commissions Bogue plant upgrade

Monday, October 5, 2009

Jamaican power utility JPS has commissioned an upgrade at its 120MW Bogue thermo plant in Montego Bay, government information service JIS reported.

With the additional 10MW, Bogue is now the largest power generating point in the JPS system, the report said.

The US$8.5mn project entailed the installation of an air inlet cooling system to reduce temperatures on the combined cycle unit to optimize generation.

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JPS now can serve an additional 30,000 customers and save US$5mn/year on fuel, according to company generation expansion VP Valentine Fagan.

Other projects JPS is working on to increase capacity include the rehabilitation of the Constant Spring hydroelectric plant and expansion of the Magotty hydroelectric plant, and a wind farm in Munroe.

JPS is the country's sole electricity retailer serving 570,000 customers under an all-island license granted in 2001. Japan's Marubeni controls 80% of the utility and the government the remainder.