Jamaica Energy Partners (JEP) is an Independent Power Provider (IPP) that began commercial operations in October 1995, through its ownership of the Doctor Bird Power Plant. This Plant encompasses the company's production facilities and is located at Old Harbour Bay, in the parish of St. Catherine.
The initial net electrical output was 74.2MW generated by eight reciprocating engine generating sets on one barge. The company's generating capacity was expanded in March 2006 with the addition of three generating units totalling 50.2MW on a second barge, which is located approximately 300 yards from the original. This brought the total present net electricity capacity to 124.4MW generated by eleven generating sets, located on two floating barges.
JEP, over the last seventeen years, has established an enviable track record of reliability and efficiency. Today, JEP is the largest IPP and produces almost 20% of the electrical energy on the Island's Power Grid.
At inception, the Management of JEP was dominated by expatriates who possessed the requisite skills for such an operation. The company now boasts a managerial staff that is now 100% local, guiding approximately 120 employees.
Since 1999, when the Management became fully local, the company has attained even higher levels of performance.
Environment and Community
JEP prides itself in being socially responsible and, therefore, has taken a significant interest in the community in which it resides. The company presently provides support in the following areas:
- Educational and Health
- Work Programs (for youth and unskilled individuals)
- Environmental Initiatives
WKPP 65MW Plant
JEP latest project is the "WEST KINGSTON POWER PARTNERS (WKPP) 65MW POWER PLANT", which consists of the construction and commissioning of a land-based, 65MW Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) Power Plant in the West Kingston area. With the addition of this 65MW generating capacity, JEP's total generating capacity will be increased to approximately 184MW making it one of the major suppliers of electricity in Jamaica. JEP is now in the final stages of construction with delivery slated for the second quarter of 2012.
The project site is located along Marcus Garvey Drive on what is known as the Hunts Bay lands, just east of Universal Freight Handlers. The site is bordered to the north by the old Western Wastewater Treatment Facility, east of Seprod Jamaica Limited and west of the minor road, Industrial Terrace.