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GE to build wind farm in Jordan

JORDAN: GE will make its debut in the Middle Eastern country by providing 28 turbines for a 100MW project.

The Mass Wind project will be built in the same region as the 114MW Al Tafila wind farm (pic: Jordan Wind Project Company)
The Mass Wind project will be built in the same region as the 114MW Al Tafila wind farm (pic: Jordan Wind Project Company)

It will supply its 3.6-137 machines for developer Mass Energy Group Holding’s Mass Wind project in the Tafilah region on the western border with Israel.

GE, along with consortium partner, construction engineers Elecnor, will also build the site under an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract.

Mass Wind is due to be online by the end of 2019.

It will be the first Jordanian wind farm to feature GE turbines, and will be the first renewable energy project by Mass Energy Group Holdings, a subsidiary of Mass Global.

The manufacturer has previously supplied Mass Global with gas turbines for a plant in Basmaya, Iraq, while Mass Energy Group operates cement and steel factories, as well as gas plants in Iraq.

Shadi Abu Al-Khair, director general of Mass Global’s Jordanian renewable energy division, said: "To develop this project is a milestone in our international expansion and our commitment to showcase our competencies in the energy and renewable energy sectors across the region."

Jordan had 119MW of installed wind capacity at the end of 2017, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

There are several more projects in various stages of development throughout the kingdom. These include the 45MW Al Shobak site, which is to be powered by Vestas, the manufacturer announced last month.

The country has a renewable energy target of 11% by 2025, up from 1.4% in 2014, according to the Jordan Times.

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