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Fact sheet on coal as a source of energy for Jamaica
At a press conference on 28 July 2016, the Jamaican Government announced the sale of the old Alpart bauxite plant at Nain in St. Elizabeth to Jiuquan Iron & Steel (Group) Company Limited (JISCO) as well as a US$2 billion investment in an industrial zone, powered by a 1000MW coal-fired plant, creating 3,000 jobs. The project would include bauxite mines, an aluminum refinery, a local electricity network, rolling wire mills and “other enterprises”. Since then, the Government of Jamaica has not spoken further on the matter, except to say that no final decision has been taken.
This simple brief on the public health and environmental impacts of coal as an energy source was prepared by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) as a public service.