Monday, November 02, 2015
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — The 36.3 megawatt wind farm being developed at Potsdam, Malvern in the Santa Cruz Mountains is on target for completion and start-up operations early next year.
|Site of BMR Energy wind farm now under construction at|
Potsdam, Malvern, St Elizabeth.
(PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT)
A spokesperson for developers, BMR Jamaica Wind Limited, said work is progressing satisfactorily with more than 150 locals employed on the project.
It is costing US$80 million with the bulk of the financing coming from the US quasi-government investment agency, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), which promotes American overseas investment globally.
BMR Jamaica, which is a subsidiary of the US -- based BMR Energy and Jamaica's energy supplier Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo) have entered a 20-year purchase agreement for the power from the wind farm. It will be transmitted to the national grid through the JPSCo's substation at Spur Tree in Manchester.
|BMR's Bruce Levy outlines his company's plans to students|
of Munro College and Hampton School during a recent
visit. The two schools are located close to the
wind farm in Potsdam, Malvern, St Elizabeth.
As part of the ongoing installation project at Potsdam, BMR has worked closely with local authorities to ensure safe transportation of huge wind turbine parts by road from Port Kaiser, through south east St Elizabeth communities to the site.
BMR's chief executive, American Bruce Levy recently visited Potsdam to check on progress. He also carried out community outreach engagements including a session with students of the neighbouring Munro College (boys) and Hampton School (girls).
The Jamaican Government has identified the BMR project, located just across the road from a JPSCo wind farm, as forming part of the drive to reduce reliance on imported fuel which cost the country close to US$2 billion last year. more