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Jordan shortlists 12 firms for $150mn solar plant

Minister also reveals that Elecnor has won wind-powered plant deal

Jordan is turning to solar power as a source of future energy.
Jordan is turning to solar power as a source of future energy.

Jordan has shortlisted 12 local and international companies to build a $150mn (JOD 106.2mn) solar-run power station in the country’s southern region, according to Energy Minister Mohammad Hamed.

The ministry will announce the winning bidder to build the 75-megawatt (MW) plant within two months, after which implementation will start, the minister added.

The project is to be funded from the $5bn (JOD 3.5bn) pledged by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE and Kuwait in 2011 to assist Jordan over a period of five years.

“The solar plant [will be] funded by the GCC grant and shortlisted companies are expected to submit technical and financial offers by 6 April,” Hamed told The Jordan Times.

The solar plant is expected to be ready and connected to the national grid in mid-2015, the minister added.

Hamed also revealed that Jordan plans to sign an agreement with Spain's Elecnor this month to build a $150mn (JOD 106.2mn) wind-operated power plant in the southern city of Maan.

The 75-megawatt power plant will also be funded by the GCC grant and it is expected to be connected to the grid in the first quarter of 2015.

“Elecnor was chosen from among six bidding companies,” the minister said, stressing the importance of the project in increasing power generation through renewable energy.

The national strategy envisions electricity generated from renewable sources to account for 10% of the energy mix by 2020.

Jordan imports about 96% of its energy needs annually.

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