LNG is the key, says New Fortress Energy boss
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Managing Director of New Fortress Energy Brannen McElmurray says the transformation of Jamaica’s and the Caribbean’s energy environment is hinged on the beginning of the use of liquified natural gas (LNG).
“Transforming the Caribbean’s energy landscape, improving energy efficiencies and reducing environmental impacts start with LNG as a fuel source,” underscored McElmurray, who was speaking to the Jamaica Observer about the company’s plans in Jamaica and the Caribbean.
“LNG has been shipped internationally with no incidents, resulting in a loss of cargo at sea or in port. LNG is also the safest of all hydrocarbon fuels due to its unique physical properties: non-toxic, odorless, not pressurised, colourless, and not corrosive.”
His remarks followed a session at the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) Conference held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre recently.
McElmurray argued that in the Caribbean in today’s energy space, the biggest challenges are focused around environmental impact and energy efficiencies.
But he was, however, quick to state that the international firm, New Fortress Energy, which has already started delivering LNG to the island following successful completion of a deal with the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) and agreements with Red Stripe and Jamalco, started with a simple goal — find a better fuel.
“Today, small-scale LNG distribution is transforming how companies do business in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean. New Fortress Energy’s unique experience and expertise provides transportation, industrial and power users with a more efficient fuel source,” the New Fortress Energy managing director stated.
“New Fortress Energy has the technical knowledge to develop a custom LNG solution to meet your energy needs,” he went on.