Diesel and Gas-Engine Plants in Cuba and Jamaica
Dr Bird I & II
Location: Jamaica
Operator: Jamaica Energy Partners
Configuration: 8 X 9.25 MW 12V46 engines, 3 X 16.5-MW 18V46 engines
Operation: 1995-2006
Fuel: heavy fuel oil
E/G supplier: Wartsila, ABB
Quick facts: Dr Bird-I was Jamaica’s second IPP and the $103mn power barge project was originally financed by Wartsila Power Development. Construction took 11mos. Shares were sold to US utility affiliates Continental Energy Services and Illinova Generating Co, the IFC, and Scudder Latin American. The former Scudder funds were then acquired by Conduit Capital Partners. In Apr 2005, Wartsila received the equipment order for Dr Bird-II . Like the first barge, this project was built by a partnership of JEP and Wartsila Development. The Dr Bird-II barge was constructed by Keppel Shipyard in Singapore and went online in Mar 2006 at a mooring about 300yds from the first barge.

Photograph courtesy of Jamaica Energy Partners
Re-posted 20 Nov 2013

Isla de la Juventud
Location: Cuba
Operator: Genpower Cuba SA
Configuration: 4 X 3.6-MW 18V28/32 engines
Fuel: diesel oil
Operation: 1999
E/G supplier: MAN B&W
EPC: Man B&W, Telemenia
Quick facts: The first completely foreign-owned investment in Cuba was this diesel power plant, authorized in Feb 1999. GenPower Cuba, a company owned by Panamanian entrepreneur Mike Nahmad, secured permission to build the $15mn project on a BOT basis in Ultramar municipality on Isla de la Juventud about 110km south of Havana. The plant helps serve an island-wide population of about 100,000.

Photograph courtesy of Telemenia
Posted 21 Dec 2010

Regla
Location: Cuba
Operator: Union Electrica (UNE)
Configuration: 28 X 1.8-MW 9H21/32 engines
Fuel: diesel oil
Operation: 2007
E/G supplier: Hyundai
EPC: Hyundai
Quick facts: This is one of a series of about 40 distributed diesel power stations known as electrógenos built in Cuba with engines from Asian and European suppliers. The plants range in size from around 20 MW to over 150 MW and in total well over 1,000 MW have now been installed. The early plants used diesel, but some later facilities burn heavy fuel. This plant is in a Havana district.

Photograph courtesy of Hyundai
Posted 4 Nov 2009

Rockfort
Location: Jamaica
Operator: Jamaica Private Power
Configuration: 2 X 30-MW 9K80MCS engines, 1 X 4 MW steam set
Operation: 1998
Fuel: heavy fuel oil
E/G supplier: Man B&W, Holec
Quick facts: Rockfort was the first major IPP in Jamaica and was financed and built by a multinational consortium. K&M Engineering led the project structuring, development, tendering and sponsor selection process. The $144mn plant was one of the largest investments in Jamaica in the decade.

Photograph courtesy of K&M Engineering
Posted 19 Jan 2003

Sancti Spiritus
Location: Cuba
Operator: Union Electrica
Configuration: 5 X 4-MW 32/40 engines
Fuel: heavy oil
Operation: 2006
E/G supplier: MAN B&W
EPC: Man B&W, Telemenia
Quick facts: These were among 21 engines ordered by Cuba in 2005 for about $26.7mn. The final order was signed by Fidel Castro.

Photograph courtesy of Telemenia
Posted 21 Dec 2010

West Kingston
Location: Jamaica
Operator: Jamaica Energy Partners
Configuration: 6 X 11-MW 12V46 engines
Operation: 2012
Fuel: heavy fuel oil
E/G supplier: Wartsila, ABB
EPC: Wartsila
Quick facts: In Apr 2008, OUR issued a Request for Proposals for a 60-MW IPP and in Dec 2008, Jamaica Energy Partners was named the winning bidder with the proposed West Kingston plant. In March 2010, the National Environmental and Planning Agency issued an air quality permit for the new station, which is on a 4ha, brownfield site along Industrial Terrace. Design annual production is about 450 GWh. Three engines have waste heat recovery economizers for oil pretreatment and other uses and all have SCR. There are two connections to the 69kV gird. Ground-breaking was in Dec 2010 and commercial operation was on 31 Jul 2012. The project cost about USD 126mn.

Photograph courtesy of Jamaica Energy Partners
Posted 20 Nov 2013

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 13-Jul-2016

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