Jordan resumes wind power development process

JORDAN: The Jordanian government has launched a pre-qualification process to build, operate and maintain a 65-75MW project in the south of the country as it seeks to resume its wind expansion.

Jordan was one of a number of Middle Eastern countries, including Syria and Libya, looking at wind power projects around 2010. However much of this development has been hampered by the events surrounding the Arab Spring.

The project is near the southern city of Maan under an engineer, procure and construct contract. Applications must be in by 30 January. The government expects to launch the tender in the summer and announce the winner before the end of the year.

Construction could start in late 2013 or early 2014. The project will be partly financed with a grant from the Gulf Cooperation Council, which has extended a $300 million grant to Jordan to help fund 75-100MW of wind and 50-75MW of solar projects.

At the same time, the government has signed 30 memoranda of understanding with private developers seeking to construct around 560MW of wind and solar projects.

The developers now have two years in which to submit detailed proposals for evaluation by the energy ministry. Successful projects will be eligible for to receive a feed-in tariff of JOD 0.085/kWh ($0.12/kWh).

In April, the ministry also expects to announce the winner of the stalled tender to build, own and operate a 80-90MW plant at Al-Fujeij.

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