Jamaica delays bid deadline for 480 MW capacity programme

Jamaica's Office of the Utilities Regulations (OUR) has delayed the bid deadline for the construction of a 480 MW programme to increase national power capacity.
According to Jamaica Observer, OUR has pushed back the date to April 30 from March 31. The new date comes as a result of other key deadlines in the process being delayed, including the date for evaluating the proposals moving from July 1 to September 8, 2011.
Jamaica hopes construction of the first tranche of the 480 MW power capacity addition programme will now commence in February 2012, delayed from January.
The new capacity is to be used for baseload and is intended for the replacement of approximately 292 MW of aged plants — plants over 33 years old — with the remainder to provide for load growth.
The plants will be built on a build, own, operate basis and be commissioned in two parts, 360 MW by 2014 and a further 120 MW by 2016.
Winning bidders may provide one or more plants with connections to the network of no greater than 120 MW.
Meanwhile, Jamaica expected construction of a $279.5m liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facility in early 2012.
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