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Vestas to build Shobak wind farm in Jordan

JORDAN: Vestas will build the 45MW Al Shobak project in the southerly Ma'an governorate, the manufacturer confirmed.

Vestas entered the Jordanian market by building the 114MW Al Tafila wind farm (pic credit: Jordan Wind Project Company)
Vestas entered the Jordanian market by building the 114MW Al Tafila wind farm (pic credit: Jordan Wind Project Company)

It will supply, transport, install and commission 13 of its V136-3.45MW turbines at the site in Shobak district, which are designed for low- and medium-wind sites.

The Danish company will also be responsible for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the site for the next five years.

Turbine delivery is planned for the second quarter of 2019, and commissioning is expected by the end of the same year, Vestas stated.

Shobak Wind Energy – a subsidiary of Dubai-based developer Alcazar Energy – placed the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) order, Vestas stated. Alcazar is developing the project alongside minority partner Hecate Energy, which is based in the United States.

Al Shobak marks Vestas’ third EPC contract for wind farms in Jordan, following the 89MW Fujeij and 114MW Al Tafila projects.

Rainer Karan, general manager of Vestas’ Mediterranean Eastern division, said the company would continue to operate in Jordan and to work with Alcazar.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has agreed to loan Alcazar and Hecate US$52 million to fund the project, while the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) will provide a further $26 million.

Output from Al Shobak will be sold to the Jordanian National Electricity Power Company (NEPCO) under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).

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