The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has signed a $23 million contract for the execution of Investment Grade Audits at seven public hospitals that have been selected for major energy interventions under the Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP).
The audits will be carried out by international consultants, Wood Canada Limited, at the University Hospital of the West Indies and Bustamante Children's Hospitals in Kingston.
It will also be done at the Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine, Port Antonio Hospital in Portland, St. Ann's Bay hospital in St. Ann and Annotto Bay and Port Maria hospitals in St. Mary.
Upon completion of the audits, the hospitals will receive energy efficient lighting, air conditioning systems and other upgrades which should reduce electricity consumption.
In addition, the medical facilities will benefit from the installation of solar photovoltaic systems for electricity generation.
The US$40 million programme is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the European Union Caribbean Investment Facility, (EU-CIF) with the PCJ serving as the implementing agency.