Design consultant picked for Jamaica’s 12.6-MW Black River hydropower project

MAGGOTTY, Jamaica 5/15/12 (PennWell) — Global development consultancy Mott MacDonald has been selected as designer and technical advisor by Kier Construction Limited for a US$27 million hydroelectric project.

The facility, located on the Black River in Jamaica’s St. Elizabeth parish, was constructed in the late 1950s with a 6.3 MW capacity that will be doubled with this round of repairs and upgrades.

The project will include the construction of a new intake, alteration of the existing weir, doubling the number of existing pipelines and construction of a new powerhouse with two horizontal axis Francis turbines.

Mott MacDonald will design all the components in addition to providing hydraulic analysis and flood risk assessment for the expansion.

As previously reported on, Kier Construction Limited was awarded the project’s development contract in December 2011.

The project is owned by the Jamaica Public Service Company.

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