Gov’t Committed to Growth of Petrojam

first_img Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government of Jamaica will ensure the continued growth of Petrojam as part of its commitment to the country’s energy security. “We are committed to the refinery upgrade, we will be embarking on a number of initiatives to ensure that the country’s sole refinery continues to operate at the highest standard as it relates to quality products, as it relates to efficiency (and) as it relates to environmental protection,” he said. “Western Jamaica, and in particular Montego Bay, is growing at a very rapid pace and so energy security is critical… today we are actually doing something that will live on for generations. It speaks to sustainability and the fact that Petrojam is here to stay,” he said. Story Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government of Jamaica will ensure the continued growth of Petrojam as part of its commitment to the country’s energy security.“We are committed to the refinery upgrade, we will be embarking on a number of initiatives to ensure that the country’s sole refinery continues to operate at the highest standard as it relates to quality products, as it relates to efficiency (and) as it relates to environmental protection,” he said.Dr. Wheatley was speaking at the official opening of Petrojam Limited’s new administrative offices in the Montego Bay Freeport on Tuesday (January 9).He welcomed the move by the entity to open a permanent office in the western part of the island.“Western Jamaica, and in particular Montego Bay, is growing at a very rapid pace and so energy security is critical… today we are actually doing something that will live on for generations. It speaks to sustainability and the fact that Petrojam is here to stay,” he said.Director of Petrojam Limited, Harold Malcolm, noted that the opening of the new administrative building marks the culmination of efforts to improve the delivery infrastructure as the entity expands on its product offerings.He noted that the Petrojam terminal in Montego Bay is the major supplier of jet fuel to the Sangster International Airport and “we are constantly exploring ways to improve efficiency and the capacity of fuel distribution in the western section of the island, particularly as it relates to our distribution of ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD).”The new administrative office has been named the ‘Howard Howell Building’ in honour of Petrojam’s first Montego Bay terminal supervisor, who died in November 2011.last_img read more

Métis premier Bob McLeod of NWT looks back on 8 years in

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsBob McLeod has a few remaining weeks governing the Northwest Territories.The Métis man from Zhahti Koe, Fort Providence was the first person to be re-elected premier of the N.W.T.But now he’s decided to retire.“I felt that I didn’t want to be committed for another four years and I didn’t really want to be in politics when I’m 70 years old,” McLeod said.He noted his leadership style as inclusive and cited his success on “letting the managers manage” in office.“Our first get together our cabinet said is that one of the things we should all aspire to is not to lose any ministers. I’m really proud that we had eight years of good government and didn’t lose a single minister.“We didn’t lose any motions on non confidence,” he said.During his time as premier there were several significant infrastructure projects including the $350-million hospital in Yellowknife, the $300-million Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway and the $202-million Deh Cho Bridge, the last major river to be bridged.McLeod said there are still some pages left unturned as he gets ready to call it quits.“The one that everyone always talks about of course is land claims and self government. We made some progress not as much progress as we wanted to but some of the claims have been negotiated going on thirty years.“It’s disappointing to me that I’ll have to join the list of Premiers that weren’t able to,” Mcleod said.Unlike its neighbours Nunavut and the Yukon, the N.W.T. never fully recovered from the 2008 recession.“It’s worrisome especially because exploration is down. Even with that we have mining projects, Mackenzie valley natural gas pipeline was approved and yet it never got built,” he said.In 2017, the Premier made headlines as he issued his “red alert.” He suggested Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had acted out of colonialism after a moratorium on Arctic oil and gas development was announced in 2016.“Over a period of time we hadn’t produced a single molecule of oil and gas in a territory that historically has been producing oil and gas since the 1930s.“We had an immediate response from the federal government the next morning and I think our relationship has improved significantly,” McLeod said.The 19th Legislative Assembly will be elected on Oct. 1, [email protected]@aptncharlottelast_img read more