Jordan's first commercial wind farm endangered by noise issues and regulations

JORDAN: There is a strong chance that Jordan's long-awaited, first commercial wind power plant will be moved to a different location or perhaps even scrapped altogether.

Ziad Jebril, director of the renewables department of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, confirmed that the government is reconsidering the 30-40MW project at Al Kamshah, north of Amman, because of noise levels and problems over land regulations.

The options are to reconfigure the current project, find a new location or abandon it in favour of other plans. Al Kamshah had already run into trouble when negotiations between the government and the Greek-Jordanian consortium awarded the contract broke down last year over the amount of the tariff.

The consortium, led by Terna Energy, one of Greece's major owner-operators of wind farms, was selected by the energy ministry in March 2009 to build, own and operate the plant under a 20-year concession following an international tender call.


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