During a July 27 groundbreaking ceremony in Crabbs Antigua, United States Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda Taglialatela hailed the collaboration of American company Eagle LNG and Antiguan companies Antigua Power Company (APC) and the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) in what will be the island’s first power plant integrating natural gas infrastructure and power generation.
Ambassador Taglialatela noted the project is the first of its kind in the Eastern Caribbean and in utilizing LNG, Antigua has taken a strategic step forward in its endeavour of becoming one hundred percent renewal energy capable.
“I am confident that this new partnership will put Antigua and Barbuda on the path to further low-carbon solutions,” Ambassador Taglialatela remarked.
Eagle LNG, a Texas based company was introduced to the APC through the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown’s Gold Key Matchmaking Service, whereby the Embassy screens, qualifies and arranges meetings with potential agents, distributors or other business partners for American companies.
“Eagle LNG Partners has been delivering LNG in the Caribbean for a number of years now and is pleased to add Antigua and its neighbors as the recipient of clean, affordable and assured supply of liquefied natural gas from our Jacksonville, Florida production facility.” President of Eagle LNG Partners Sean Lalani stated.
“Our partners, APC and APUA Electricity are an integral part of our plans to invest in and grow jobs for Antigua.”
During the groundbreaking ceremony, Minister of Public Utilities of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Robin Yearwood remarked, “This project is yet another opportunity for Antigua and Barbuda and the U.S. to work together for the benefit of all the people of Antigua and Barbuda.”
Chairman of APC, Francis Hadeed stated, “For over 25 years, the APC has been in the power generation industry. We are pleased to be partnering with Eagle LNG to introduce clean liquefied natural gas to Antigua and Barbuda and the wider Caribbean.”
APUA Electricity Business Unit Manager, Andre Matthias affirmed APUA’s commitment to the integration of clean energy into the power grid, stating “This LNG project will ensure that we satisfy the Government’s mandate in reducing carbon emissions and at the same time maintaining the stability of the grid as we add additional generation.”