HERO BX exploring Jamaica for Biodiesel plant investment

"Emily Bockian Landsburg, Managing Partner at Blue Hill Services (second left) and Glen Garth, Executive Vice President of Garth Solutions (left) speak to The Honourable Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce G. Anthony Hylton (centre), JAMPRO President Diane Edwards, (second right) and Claude Duncan, Vice President of Investment Promotion, JAMPRO (right) at JAMPRO's Head Office in Kingston earlier this year. Ms. Landsburg and Mr. Garth are representing the large US biodiesel producer HERO BX, as the company seeks to build Jamaica's first biodiesel plant."


Kingston, Jamaica: One of the largest biodiesel producers in the US, HERO BX is currently exploring possibilities to develop Jamaica and the Caribbean’s first commercial scale biodiesel plant. The firm’s representatives have been visiting the island since JAMPRO’s “Jamaica Investment Forum” earlier this year, and have been meeting with various government and private sector stakeholders with serious interest in confirming the project.

The plant would be a boost for Jamaica’s renewable energy programme and would have a multi-industry impact, as biodiesel uses feedstock such as waste oils from the Hospitality Industry and plant feedstock from the agricultural industry. The investment would also be a significant source of employment and could empower the Government to benefit from the sale of biodiesel produced here on the island, which would operate as the hub of HERO BX’s Caribbean operations.

Glen F. Garth, native-born son of Jamaica and Executive Vice President of US consulting firm, Garth Solutions Inc. is representing HERO BX. He said that Jamaica has received top billing for the development of the plant due to the country’s strategic location, amongst other factors. “The location of Jamaica strategically in the Caribbean basin, the access to a quality, educated labour force, the access to all of the benefits that are available due to commitments made by the Jamaican government to encourage foreign direct investment are all factors. Those attributes are what first attracted our attention and have further strengthened our interest in siting a biodiesel hub in Jamaica. 

Garth also lauded the country’s strong national energy policy and renewable energy sub-policy, saying those components were seen as favourable and increased the company’s interest in Jamaica.  

Honourable Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, G. Anthony Hylton says that Jamaica has been receiving more investment interest due to steps being taken by the Government to improve Jamaica’s economy and business environment. Hylton said, “This robust investment climate and investment in a variety of sectors in the economy is the result of work across Government to improve the business environment, facilitate economic growth and create opportunities for job creation.”

JAMPRO President Diane Edwards said she is pleased that the country’s strides to promote its renewable energy strategy have been bearing fruit. She said that following on the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce’s mandate, the agency has been campaigning for more investments in newer sectors to diversify Jamaica’s economy.  “We are seeing more interest in sectors such as energy and technology as the Government makes moves to improve the business atmosphere and the country’s readiness for investments. JAMPRO will monitor the progress of this and other projects closely as we try to bring more significant, sustainable investments to Jamaica,” she said.

 

HERO BX is one of the top biodiesel producers in the United States. Its 50 million gallon per year capacity plant produces fuel from multiple raw materials and has achieved the highest quality accreditation available. HERO BX enjoys a reputation for quality and its commitment to the environment, community and safety. The company is investigating expanding into the Caribbean region, as the growing global renewable energy market is estimated to grow to US $614.92 billion by the end of 2015.

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JAMPRO
Published Date: 
Monday, November 2, 2015
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