Business Showcase

The Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd. (JPS), has been Jamaica’s primary energy company for over 90 years. In that time, it has expanded from a modest energy network with just a few thousand customers, to one capable of serving the country’s roughly 2.8 million residents. With a current customer base of just over 650,000 accounts, the company is the sole distributor of electricity in Jamaica and has a generating capacity of about 620 Megawatts (MW), provided by a combination of steam, gas turbines, combined cycle, diesel, windfarm and hydroelectric technologies. The Company also purchases electricity from four Independent Power Producers (IPPs).

Thessaloniki Metro: Excavating the city’s future

Greek’s second biggest city Thessaloniki has an incredible cultural history going back thousands of years. Just like the more well-known Athens, its streets are full of beautiful ancient buildings, most notably the white tower, by now synonymous with the city’s beautiful seaport. But like Athens, and indeed, most of Greece, what goes on below ground is almost as much of interest as what happens at street level. 

If there’s any industry in the Middle East which has generated more column inches than the oil industry over the past 15 years, it’s unquestionably construction. The past decade and a half has brought a wave of development, and with it, some of the world’s most high-profile new buildings to the region.

The Port of Moin is strategically important for Costa Rica in a number of ways. First, around 80% of the country’s trade passes through the port each year; second, it servces as the entry point for thousands of seaborne visitors into the country; and finally, its surrounding area is home to some of Costa Rica’s flora and fauna, including a native species of turtle

The Talara Oil Refinery, located in a desert district a little over 1,000km from Lima,  is Peru’s second largest oil refinery. Since the refinery was first established, at the outset of the 20th century, it has played a central role in Peru’s domestic energy scene. It has an output of around 65,000 barrels per day (bpd), making it one of the largest in the Petroperú portfolio. In addition, it produces domestic LPG, motor gasoline, solvents, A-1 turbo, diesel, kerosene, industrial oils and even asphalt. 

Portugal has made an exemplary rebound from the financial crisis that began 10 years ago. This rebound has been driven by its capital city Lisbon, which has gained a reputation across Europe as something of a tech hub. Its hosting of Web Summit, the world’s largest tech event, attracts the greatest minds in technology to the Portuguese capital every year - over 200,000 people in total.

When the Web Summit chose Lisbon as its destination in 2016, it cited the city’s infrastructure as one its main motivations for doing so. A key component in this infrastructure is Metro Lisboa, the city’s metro network. In 2019, it will celebrate 60 years of service to ‘Alfacinhas’ (as Portuguese people affectionately call people from their capital), so we decided it was a good time to check in on the metro and admire its progress. 

The importance of mining to the economy of the Dominican Republic cannot be understated. Figures recently released by the consulting firm Analytica bear this out; over the past 8 years, mining has represented 17% of the country’s FDI (foreign direct investment), 36% of its exports, and 17% of its receipts from direct taxes owing to employment.

The Spanish island of Tenerife is not only one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations - welcoming over 5 million tourists per year - it could also lay claim to having the fastest-growing population of any region in Europe. Between 2000 and 2017, its population rose from 709,365 to 865,070 - an increase of a phenomenal 3.14% per year. Fast forward to 2018, and the population is closing in on 900,000 people.

When Anheuser-Busch InBev merged with South African Breweries (SAB) back in 2016, it was already the biggest brewer by volume in the world. As a result of the merger with SABMillerwhich is an integral part of the social fabric of South Africa, it was able to gain a foothold in Africa - widely regarded as the most prospective market in the world for beer sales