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Turning to greener power in Jamaica

Opportunity

Jamaica is highly dependent on oil imports to meet its energy requirements. It is currently making efforts to reduce its reliance on these, with hydropower presenting a clean and reliable alternative.

Solution

Mott MacDonald was retained as designer and technical advisor for a project to double the power capacity of the Maggotty hydroelectric plant, built in the late 1950s on the Black River.

Outcome

Upgrades include the replacement of a woodstave pipeline with glass-fiber-reinforced polyester pipe, and a new powerhouse with two horizontal-axis Francis turbines.

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