A proposal is being finalized for the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) to manage a pilot project to determine the feasibility of transforming the publicly owned bus service to LNG fuel. This was disclosed by Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, during his contribution to the 2017/18 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 12.
Henry said this is to be rolled out under JUTC stewardship at Montego Bay Metro Bus Company in the Second City, through a bus and fuel supply platform, with technical guidance from New Fortress Energy.
“Success with the project could see the overall publicly operated bus service being gradually switched to LNG, with both efficiency and environmental impact being foremost in mind,” he explained.
The JUTC also plans to undertake a separate pilot project, involving one of its depots, for a study on combining diesel oil with CNG. With projected fuel savings of 25%, the initiative is also expected to come with the additional benefit of removing the unpleasant black soot that comes out of some of the buses. The plan is to be undertaken in tandem with the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and a Venezuelan company.
Source: Jamaica Information Service