Jamaica seeks bids for 480 MW of new generating capacity

The government of Jamaica has invited bids from 28 companies to supply 480 MW of new generating capacity to displace old generation and provide for growth in demand. Bids are due January 7, 2011.

The request is for the largest block of generating capacity sought by Jamaica’s Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR). It is intended to allow for the displacement of old and inefficient generating plants, provide for growth in demand, and improve the efficiency of the overall generating system.

OUR took bids in 2008 for renewable energy from projects, including hydropower, to be developed on a build-own-operate basis. The government has set a goal that 15 percent of Jamaica’s energy should come from renewables by 2020. Currently, 95 percent of the nation’s grid electricity is fueled by imported petroleum. OUR also approved Jamaica Public Service Co.’s plan in 2008 to expand the 6-MW Maggotty hydroelectric project by 6.3 MW.

OUR plans to add new capacity in two phases, 360 MW by 2014 and the remaining 120 MW by 2016.

The request for proposals has goals: to ensure that Jamaica improves energy efficiency in generation, to contribute to fuel diversification that will affect energy security, and to positively affect the affordability of electricity. The request coincides with a government initiative to introduce natural gas as a fuel of choice for electricity generation.

The 28 domestic and international companies invited include Jamaica Public Service Co.

For information, contact Office of Utilities Regulation, Third Floor, PCJ Resource Center, 36 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 10 Jamaica; (876) 968-6053; Fax: (876) 929-3635; E-mail: office@our.org.jm; Internet: www.our.org.jm.

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