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JMA demands answers on LNG issue

Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association | 2012-11-29 00:00:00

The Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) is perturbed to learn that Jamaica could be abandoning the LNG deal with Trinidad. The JMA has been advocating for years for the supply of LNG from the twin island republic at preferential prices to create a level playing field for Jamaica’s manufacturing sector. We supported the Government when they signed a memorandum of understanding with Trinidad for the supply of 1.1 million tonnes of LNG and came out against Trinidad when they reneged on the deal. Since then, we have been in discussions with three different Industry Ministers, from Karl Samuda, to Christopher Tufton and to Anthony Hylton in a bid to reduce the cost of energy.

The supply of LNG from Trinidad was a key strategy in the provision of a cheaper source of energy from the Jamaica Public Service. In light of talks that Jamaica may no longer be pursuing LNG from Trinidad, the JMA is demanding answers from the Government. Is it a done deal? Has another source been identified to supply cheaper energy to the manufacturing sector and the Jamaican people? What is the plan to enable manufacturers to compete with goods coming in from Trinidad produced at lower energy costs? 

We are disappointed that there have been no discussions with the JMA, as the advocacy body on the LNG issue and await a response from the Government, which will make sense to the manufacturing sector and the citizens of Jamaica.

Posted By :Rochelle Roye

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