Kingston, Jamaica — Minister of Science, Technology, Energy & Mining (STEM) Phillip Paulwell will officially commission the new Jamaica Public Service (JPS) Maggotty hydroelectric power plant this morning in St Elizabeth.
The plant which was constructed at a cost of over US$36 million will add 7.2 MW of electricity to the national grid – the single largest hydro development since independence.
The hydroelectric power plant will generate electrical power, using the natural flow of the Black River, as opposed to traditional generation methods which involve fossil fuels. JPS said that this is the ninth such plant to be operated by the power company, thereby expanding its renewable energy portfolio, which includes a 3 MW wind farm, commissioned in 2010.
The construction of JPS’ new Maggotty Hydroelectric Power Plant, created employment for up to 200 people at different stages of the development, the JPS said.