Out of the dark & into the light! EWI deal needs clarity!


#ContractorGeneralConcerned #IDBRejected #LiveSTUSH

Stephen Wedderburn, the man who coordinated the liquefied natural gas (LNG) project which was aborted by the Portia Simpson Miller-led Government, has declared that Energy World International (EWI) must break its silence on the baseload energy project.

Wedderburn, an energy consultant, said yesterday that Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell should release the implementation agreement signed with EWI to reveal whether it contains sufficient safeguards.

“What I would hope to see EWI doing is defending the project and their ability to implement it,” he told The Gleaner.

“EWI really needs to win over the heart of the Jamaican people if they want to proceed.”


The Hong Kong-based company has been selected as the preferred bidder to supply 381 megawatts of power to the national grid but, up to yesterday, had not paid over its performance bond required under the agreement.

The company, which is to build a US$737 million natural gas-fired power plant, has been shut out by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) after it approached the body for a loan to fund the non-equity side of the project.

The IDB has cited concerns raised by Contractor General Dirk Harrison that EWI was unfairly included in the bidding process as its reason for denying them funding.

Jamaica’s private-sector leaders have called a meeting for this morning to speak on the developments surrounding the project.

Communication expert Dr Marcia Forbes said on Twitter yesterday, “the Inter-American Development Bank’s rejection of EWI based on a marred process is perhaps more damaging to Jamaica than the Dudus Debacle”

Source: Jamaica Gleaner.

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