Jordan's first commercial plant inches closer

JORDAN: Jordan's energy ministry has received four bids in the second round of a tender-call for the right to build, own and operate a 70-90MW wind-power plant at Al Fujeij, south of Amman.

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A decision is expected within the next month and the plant should be operational 18 months after financial close. The state-owned National Electric Power Company will buy the output under a 20-year purchase agreement.

The four bidders are Elecnor, Korea Electric Power, a joint venture between K&M Engineering & Consulting and IESA and a consortium comprising Greek firms Terna Energy and Vector alongside Jordanian company Enara.

In a separate move, 22 international consortia and companies have submitted proposals for around 1.5GW of wind power in response to a call for expressions of interest in investment opportunities in renewable-energy projects. These include: Vestas — in association with Jordanian contractor CCC — with a proposal for 16-24MW; Egypt's Elsewedy and Greece's Terna Energy for 50-75MW; GDF Suez for 50-70MW; and China International Water & Electric Corporation (CEW) for 50MW.

There are no signs of progress, however, on the 40MW project at Al Kamshah, north of Amman, which was due online in 2010. The ministry is still in negotiations with the preferred bidder, a Greek-Jordanian consortium led by Terna Energy, over the electricity price.

Jordan is targeting 10% of renewables in its energy mix by 2020. This will require around 1.8GW of wind power and 600MW of solar, the ministry says.

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