Monday, January 17, 2011

Jamaica committed to developing LNG as energy source: adviser to PM

Austin, Texas (Platts)--13Jan2011/632 pm EST/2332 GMT

The Jamaican government is committed to developing LNG as an energy source on the island, a special adviser to Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding said Thursday.

"We are confident that LNG, done right, is a viable choice and that is what we are confident of delivering in a timely manner," said Chris Zacca, chairman of the government's new LNG steering committee.

Zacca was responding to reports that a proposed LNG project could face delays in the wake of an investigation -- launched in 2010 -- into alleged bid rigging in the tender to install a floating regasification unit off the country's southern coast.

Zacca dismissed concerns the project could be delayed by as much as two years following upheaval amongst the project team.

In December, the government appointed a steering committee to advise Golding on project implementation.

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Source: Platts