UWI, New Fortress Strike LNG Deal
July 16, 2017
The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus will immediately upgrade its existing combined heat and power (CHP) plant to reduce its energy costs by over $52 million annually, and improve its environmental footprint with a 16 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
This upgrade is being facilitated by an agreement with New Fortress Energy, which will provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the Campus' plant. The changes will be visible as early as this September, and will ultimately enable the campus to become energy independent in the coming year.
The historic partnership will also provide tremendous educational benefits for staff and students at the UWI, Mona. New Fortress Energy will invest in grants and scholarships as well as the training of over 100 electrical power engineering students.
The number of students is expected to increase to over 300 in the next two years, with the Government of Jamaica and the university's goal being to dramatically increase the total number of graduating engineers to over 1,000 per year. This will strengthen and build further competence and capacity, ensuring the preparation of a next-generation workforce for the LNG industries in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean and North America. Additionally, members of the university's academic staff will benefit from new research programmes in cryogenics (the study of the production and behaviour of materials at very low temperatures)...