Sunday, 22 December 2013

Geothermal and Energy Security

Regarding Jamaica's energy security, is geothermal the answer?

From CVM-TV (Skip to 16:34 into the video newscast):
An abnormal occurrence in a community just outside Discovery Bay, St Ann has prompted calls for the country’s geological authorities to investigate what has been described as strange substances resembling smoke at high temperature rising from the ground. For residents of Queenhythe, a community just outside Discovery Bay in St Ann something odd is happening. On the compound of an old great house they have been noticing smoke rising from underneath the surface and it’s not the burning of charcoal according to the people. More
In the follow-up on this story a National Environment and Planning Agency official explains the presents of a hot spring beneath the surface. Skip to 18:57 into the video newscast.

From The Gleaner:
The 12 sites originally identified as potential geothermal energy sources have been narrowed to six as the feasibility studies unfold. 
Geologist Krishna Vaswani and partners in the project announced in January, aim to produce electricity from heat trapped underground, for the first time in Jamaica. 
Construction of the 15mw geothermal plant has a "likely" start date of 2016, but the final timeline will be determined by the research, the geologist said. Work on the plant should start in a year and a half after the research is concluded, he indicated. 
"We've done quite a bit of feasibility studies," said Vaswani, but he declined to name the six sites. 
He told Wednesday Business that the sites hold "potential" reserves, and that establishing the "proven" levels would happen at a later date. More

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Thales Bushmaster for Jamaica Defence Force (JDF)

From rjrnewsonline:
Cabinet has approved a five year re-capitalization project for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). It will allow the JDF to replace obsolete and unserviceable V150 armoured cars in its fleet.
Under the project, the Jamaica Defence Force will acquire 12 Thales Australia Bushmaster armoured personnel carriers (APCs), to be used to assist other ministries, departments and agencies.
This was revealed in a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister Monday night.
Currently the JDF has a complement of 14 Cadillac Gage V150s, 10 of which were acquired 37 years ago and the others in 1985.
Over the course of their service life the vehicles have been utilised in many high-risk situations such as internal security deployments while supporting the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
In addition they have been used in pre- and post-disaster response and rescue operations.
The Thales Bushmaster APC is designed for the urban operating environment, as well as rugged rural terrains and adverse conditions that exist in a major natural disaster such as an earthquake or hurricane.
Delivery of the Thales Bushmasters will begin in 2015.
It's about time! This is long overdue. Hopefully of that 12, there'll be at least 2 Bushmaster Ambulances in the mix. Saving lives is what it's all about.