The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), is reporting that the 190 Megawatt Natural Gas power plant which is currently under construction at Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine, is 95 per cent complete and will be commissioned into service by the third quarter of this year.
Once it is commissioned, the current Old Harbour Bay Plant will be decommissioned in phases, until is taken completely offline by the first quarter of 2020.
The new plant will meet Jamaica's growing energy needs, add to the country's strategy for greater fuel diversity and utilize LNG which is a more environmentally friendly fuel.
JPS says the new plant is within budget and ahead of schedule.
And the light and power company also announced plans to install an additional 120,000 smart meters across the island this year. This will increase the number of smart meters on the grid to 280,000.
JPS says its smart metering initiative is an international trend in the electricity sector and comes with a number of benefits for customers.
The meters allow for speedier connections and help to limit power interruptions.
They also help customers to easily keep track of their energy consumption.