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JPS to receive Japanese Grant for feasibility study on hydro plant

June 14, 2010

JPS to receive Japanese Grant for feasibility study on hydro plant at Great River

Only six months after the recommissioning of the Constant Spring Hydroelectric Power Station in St Andrew, the Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd (JPS) is about to take a closer look at expanding its hydropower capabilities – this time on the northern western coast of the island.

This comes as a result of a grant to be awarded by Japanese engineering firm Nippon Koei, which will be instrumental in conducting a feasibility study on the Great River in Western Jamaica, with an eye to developing a hydroelectric power station with a generating capacity of 8 MW of electricity.

The exercise will see a 5-member Japanese team (including technical personnel and a financial analyst), in the island for a period of 3 – 4 weeks, working alongside Jamaican technical and environmental expertise. The team will review the previous studies conducted on the Great River; conduct further investigations into the quantity of water available and a range of technical issues; and determine the appropriate size and type of power plant for the area.

The Great River is presently being used by the National Water Commission to help supply the Montego Bay area. Additionally, portions of the river are also used for rafting activities. The introduction of a power plant facility on the river would in no way interfere with any of these activities and would simply mean that the river is serving the multi-purpose of water supply, tourist attraction and electricity production.

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