RJR News / The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has lauded the announcement that JISCO, the owner of ALPART’s alumina refinery in Nain, St Elizabeth, will be using Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as the source of energy for its new power plant, and not coal as was previously stated.
The announcement comes one year after JET reported that more than 21,000 people had signed a petition requesting that the Government refuse a proposal to construct a coal-fired plant in Nain to power the JISCO refinery.
CEO of JET, Diana McCaulay, says between October 14 and November 1 last year, the Environment Trust led a Say No to Coal Jamaica campaign.
This followed Mining Minister Mike Henry’s announcement of the sale of the ALPART plant to JISCO and a US$2 billion investment in an industrial zone, powered by a 1000 megawatt coal-fired plant.
The campaign focused on the environmental and public health risks posed by the coal plant.