Abengoa, the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, has been selected by Jamaica Public Service (JPS) to carry out the engineering and construction work for a 190 MW combined cycle plant that will be the largest of its kind in Jamaica. The contract for the plant, which will be powered by natural gas and cooled by sea water, is worth more than US$200 million.
JPS wants to decommission the existing fuel-oil plant and move to a natural gas facility to create a cleaner, efficient and more reliable source of power. The upgrade to this plant reflects the government’s energy policy of generating up to 20 % of Jamaica’s power from renewable sources. The island currently relies on multiple plants to supply power to the island and Old Harbour is one of its oldest and least efficient plants.
The plant will use a seawater cooling system that returns the warm water without adversely impacting the environment. Abengoa’s design will use the existing infrastructure as much as possible, requiring less power and improving the overall output of the plant.
This latest project will extend Abengoa’s experience in turnkey combined cycle projects to the Jamaican market. The company’s other major combined cycle projects include the 640 MW plant in Centro Morelos (Mexico) and the 440 MW combined cycle plant in Portland, Oregon (USA), currently under construction. More recently Abengoa was awarded two combined cycle plants in Mexico – Nuevo Pemex (680 MW) and Norte III (924 MW).