Jamaica News: Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is encouraging residents of communities surrounding the new Jamaica Public Service (JPS) 190 megawatt (MW) power plant being built in Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine, to upgrade their skills in order to qualify for the higher level positions that will become available when the facility is completed.
“As the plant moves from its rudimentary construction phase into the more technical areas, they will require higher level skills and I would encourage the people who live around the community to start getting certified, because after the plant is constructed you would still need to have a certain level of labour force for maintenance and upgrade,” he said.
The Prime Minister was speaking with journalists following a tour of the project site on Tuesday (August 21).
Mr. Holness encouraged community members, some of whom have been employed for the construction phase, to make use of the numerous skills training offerings at State educational institutions, in preparation for the plant’s operations, as well as other large projects he anticipates will come on stream.
“So this is an opportunity now, to make that long-term investment in your own personal development. Get some skills… get training. HEART Trust/NTA is there with many great courses… please utilise the opportunity. Other such large projects are
The Prime Minister said he is pleased that the US$330 million project has already provided employment, particularly for a number of locals.
More than 570 persons have been recruited, 444 of whom are Jamaican. Residents of Old Harbour Bay and adjoining communities account for 225 of the workforce.
The development, dubbed ‘Project Renaissance’, will entail replacement of 292 MW of obsolete power generation equipment with new efficient natural gas-fired generating capacity.
Financing of approximately US$210 million was secured through a consortium of local banks.
Additionally, JPS’ major shareholders, East-West Power Company of South Korea, and Marubeni Corporation, based in Japan, committed equity in excess of US$45 million each.
South Jamaica Power Company (SJPC), a subsidiary of JPS, partnered with Spanish contracting firm, TSK, to provide engineering, procurement and construction management services on the project.
Additionally, United States entity, General Electric (GE), is manufacturing equipment for the plant, which includes a power block capable of burning natural gas as the primary fuel, and diesel oil as a contingency.
Initiated in June 2010, the Renaissance Project, which was 82.9 per cent complete as at July 2018, is slated to be concluded in June 2019.
Source: JIS News