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Wind Turbines for Wigton Windfarm being Offloaded


Wind turbines for the Wigton Windfarm being offloaded at Port Esquivel in St. Catherine.

Wind turbines, which will be installed under a multi-million dollar expansion programme at the Wigton Windfarm in Manchester, were offloaded at Port Esquivel, in St. Catherine on April 4, 2010.

The wind turbines arrived aboard the ship, BBC Mississippi and Minister of Energy and Mining, Hon. James Robertson, was on hand to witness the arrival.


Minister of Energy and Mining, Hon. James Robertson examining components of wind turbines aboard the BBC Mississippi, which docked at Port Esquivel, in St. Catherine, on April 4, with wind turbines that are being offloaded for the multi-million expansion of the Wigton Wind farm, in Manchester.

Mr. Robertson broke ground on March 17 for the new US$50 million Wigton Windfarm project (Project Two), located in Rose Hill, Manchester. Installation of the wind turbines will begin in May.


Minister of Energy and Mining, Hon. James Robertson (left), in discussion with General Manager of the Wigton Wind farm in Manchester, Mr. Earl Barrett, aboard the BBC Mississippi, which docked at Port Esquivel, in St. Catherine, on April 4, with wind turbines that are being offloaded for the multi-million expansion of the farm.

The current project, Wigton I, is registered by the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change, and has been trading carbon credits under an Emissions Reduction Purchase Agreement with the Dutch Government since 2005.

The new project will maximise wind potential and assist in meeting the renewable energy policy target of 11 per cent by 2012, as well as offer health and environmental benefits from operating clean, renewable energy facilities, as against traditional power plants.

Wigton II is 100 per cent financed from the PetroCaribe Fund, and commissioning of the plant is scheduled to commence in July 2010.

Wigton Windfarm Limited is a subsidiary of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ). It has successfully generated and delivered approximately 306 GWh of electricity to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo) grid, using wind power.



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