Jamaica Public Service Co. (JPS) officially commissioned its new 7.2-MW Maggotty small hydropower project during a ceremony in St. Elizabeth parish yesterday.
The US$36 million plant is an addition to an existing 6 MW project that was completed in 1959. The utility said, however, that the project marks the country's single largest hydroelectric development since Jamaica gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1962.
The Maggotty plant is located along the Black River. JPS said the project created employment opportunities for about 200 people during its construction.
HydroWorld.com reported that Jamaica's Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) approved plans to expand Maggotty in November 2008.
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