Jamalco power station

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Jamalco power station is a 150-megawatt (MW) gas- and fuel oil-fired power plant in Clarendon, Jamaica. It was originally proposed as a coal-fired plant.

Location

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Project Details

  • Sponsor: Jamalco
  • Parent company: New Fortress Energy[1][2][3]
  • Location: Halse Hall, Clarendon, Jamaica[4]
  • Coordinates: 17.897506, -77.241188 (exact)
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 150 MW[1]
  • Gross generating capacity (cancelled) 50 MW[8]
    • Proposed coal-fired unit, 50 MW[8] (cancelled 2016 in favor of gas-fired plant)[9]

Background

Jamalco alumina refinery in Jamaica is 55% owned by London-based Noble Group, which acquired it from US-based Alcoa World Alumina LLC in 2014. The remaining 45% is owned by the state through Clarendon Alumina Production Ltd.[10] In 2014, Noble said it planned to construct, by 2017, a coal- or gas-fired power plant for the refinery under a BOOT (build, own, operate, transfer) arrangement.[11]

In 2015, Jamalco said it planned to spend US$500 million on a coal plant to be completed by 2018 fourth-quarter.[12]

In 2016, in a move welcomed by Jamaican environmentalists[8], Jamalco announced that natural gas would replace coal as the plant's fuel source.[9]

In 2020, project developer New Fortress Energy announced that the Jamalco gas-fired plant had begun commercial operations, supplying up to 100 MW of power to the national grid operated by Jamaica Public Service Company, while providing the alumina refinery with 280,000 pounds of steam per hour in a CHP configuration.[4]

In June 2021, New Fortress Energy (NFE) announced the structuring of a sale-and-leaseback deal for the gas plant. Financial services company Sagicor Group Jamaica was engaged to structure the US$285 million deal. Sagicor planned to invest US$100 million and also act as lead arranger on the remaining US$185 million portion which was to come from other investors. The acquisition was subject to regulatory approval.[13] In January 2022, New Fortress Energy announced that it had abandoned plans to sell the plant to Sagicor.[2]

In August 2021, a ruptured oil line caused a fire which injured two persons at the plant and work at the power station slowed as a result.[14] The powerhouse, turbine generator control equipment, two turbines, two control rooms, and a fuel oil pump station were among the assets damaged in the fire which by September 2021 was estimated to be costing the alumina refinery approximately $500,000 daily.[15] Reconstruction was estimated to take until mid 2022.[15]

Articles and resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Jamalco plant is region's first to provide both heat and power". New Fortress Energy. Retrieved 2022-11-10.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "NFE cancels plan to sell Jamalco power plant". Jamaica Gleaner. January 19, 2022.
  3. "Operations". New Fortress Energy. Retrieved 2022-11-10.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "New Fortress Energy starts LNG operations at Jamalco power plant". Jamaica Observer. March 11, 2020.
  5. "NFE Jamalco CHP Plant Virtual Tour". YouTube. December 14, 2021.
  6. "Jamaica JCSDTS CHP Project NFE Jamalco". K&M Advisors. October 22, 2020.
  7. "Transition to new fuels: optimized power generation solutions for the transition in the Caribbean (p 13)" (PDF). Siemens Energy. April 2020.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "JET welcomes news that Jamalco won't have coal-fired plant," RJR News, June 3, 2016
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Jamalco shifts to natural gas," Jamaica Information Service, Jun. 2, 2016
  10. "Who We Are". Jamalco. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  11. "New Direction At Jamalco - Jamaica Shelves Plan To Sell CAP," The Gleaner, Oct 17, 2014
  12. "Jamalco to spend US$500m on coal-fired plant," Jamaica Observer, Jun. 24, 2015
  13. Huntley Medley, "Sagicor Group taking large stake in NFE-Jamalco power plant," The Jamaica Gleaner, Jun. 19, 2021
  14. Gordon, Tameka (August 23, 2021). "Jamalco operations face slow recovery after two hurt in blaze". Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Jamalco losing US$500,000 per day as a result of fire | Loop Jamaica". Loop News. Retrieved 2021-11-15.