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Wigton Windfarm expansion a go after US$40-m contract signed

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Wigton Windfarm Limited, a subsidiary of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, has signed a contract valued at approximately US$40 million with the Spanish firm, Gamesa, for the construction of Wigton III, a 24 megawatt (MW) expansion of its wind farm complex in Rose Hill, Manchester.

Under the agreement, Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, will execute a turnkey construction project which will involve the installation of 12 of its G80-2.0 MW wind turbines. This expansion is expected to increase Wigton’s total capacity to 62.7 MW.

Work is scheduled to begin in April with commissioning projected for February 2016. The project is expected to create 125 jobs during its construction phase and three permanent positions for engineers after commissioning.

With projected output of 63,072 MWh annually, it is anticipated that Wigton III will reduce national oil consumption by over 37,100 barrels per year. This should generate savings of approximately JA$214 million annually at current oil prices.

Additionally, the new facility will provide power for more than 31,500 homes and increase renewable energy input to the national grid by more than 2 per cent, contributing to the Government’s thrust to have 20 per cent of the national energy supply from renewable sources by 2030.

“We are pleased to welcome a company of Gamesa’s calibre to Jamaica to implement a project of such national significance,” said Wigton’s Chairman Ian Kelly. “Wigton has a solid track record of continuously meetings its objectives for production, as well as development and expansion and we are confident in Gamesa’s capacity to help us deliver once again.”

Wigton’s 38.7-MW wind farm is the largest wind energy facility in the English-speaking Caribbean. In its 10 years of operations the company has saved the country close to J$3 billion by reducing oil consumption by close to 406,000 barrels.

The Spanish firm, Gamesa, to date has installed over 30,000 MW in 47 countries and has a strong presence in the Caribbean and Central America, having developed wind farms in Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.