Cheers to Red Stripe for choosing
LNG as its new power solution

CASE STUDY

Brewing a lasting partnership

For nearly 100 years, Red Stripe1, part of the HEINEKEN Company, has built an iconic reputation as “Jamaican pride in a bottle,” beloved both within the island country and beyond. 

Known for its innovative spirit, drive for continuous improvement and an ambition to “brew a better Jamaica”, the Kingston-based brewery, decided to explore ways to reduce costs and its carbon footprint especially in the context of high energy costs and derating of its onsite combined heat and power (CHP) plant that was being run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and could not run at full capacity.    

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Red Stripe turned to LNG to brew a better Jamaica

That’s when Red Stripe went in search of a new wingman to deliver its power. Non-negotiable qualities in that new partner had to include a seamless transition with no power loss; ongoing 24/7 reliability; improved efficiency; safety in the highly trafficked, densely populated community; and a reduction in the plant’s environmental footprint including lower carbon emissions for a healthier workplace and surrounding environment. The manufacturer quickly passed on both LPG and HFO options in favor of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

New Fortress Energy (NFE) proposed converting Red Stripe’s onsite CHP plant to run on LNG, boosting capacity 50 percent from 2 megawatts to 3 megawatts.

NFE worked with Red Stripe’s senior staff to design a compact, fast-track, full-service solution. With only 1,500 square feet of land available, and strict safety codes to meet, NFE turned the project on its side by proposing a vertical tank storage solution.

For five months, NFE handled designs, permits, civil construction, equipment installation, and commissioning processes to convert the CHP plant, install storage tanks, and put in a vaporizer.2 The result, a co-partnership with Red Stripe operating the CHP plant and NFE running and maintaining the LNG facility.

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I believe I’ll have another…
LNG power solution

On the heels of this success, Red Stripe then took another decision to switch its boilers from HFO to LNG. Financed by NFE, the conversion has further reduced the greenhouse gas emissions from the site and increased boiler efficiency by 10 percent.

Thanks to these solutions, Red Stripe is saving over $500,000 a year in energy costs, confidently running operations around the clock, and increasing efficiency significantly.2 Maintenance downtime has been reduced. Carbon emissions are down 33 percent – the equivalent of planting more than 80,000 trees per year.3

We are proud to have been able to help Red Stripe increase capacity, reduce costs and downtime, and decrease carbon emissions – that’s a lot of happy hours.