Solar plant launched in Jordan by Nebras Power

Nebras Power has launched the Shams Ma’an solar plant in Jordan, which generates more than 30% of its electricity through solar power

Fahad bin Hamad Al Mohannadi (centre), Nebras Power’s Chairman, with other officials at the plant's launch. [Image courtesy of <i>The Peninsula</i>]
Fahad bin Hamad Al Mohannadi (centre), Nebras Power’s Chairman, with other officials at the plant's launch. [Image courtesy of <i>The Peninsula</i>]

Nebras Power, a subsidiary of Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC), has completed the construction of the Shams Ma’an solar power project in Jordan.

The project was commissioned ahead of schedule under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) signed by the Project Company and Jordan's National Electric Power Company (NEPCO). The electricity generated by the plant will be sold to NEPCO.

The official launch of the power plant took place in the presence of Jordan's King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein. Dr Hani Al-Mulki, Prime Minister of Jordan, and a number of ministers, senior officials, and notables of Ma'ancity were also in attendence, according to The Peninsula.

The Shams Ma’an solar power plant has been constructed in Ma’an city, about 220km southwest of the Jordanian capital, Amman. It is the largest photovoltaic solar power plant in the Middle East in commercial operation.

With a plant capacity of 52.5MW, it presently generates more than 30% of the electricity generated using solar energy in the country.

Once the Phase 2 of solar projects under construction in Jordan is completed, this percentage is set reach about 16% of the total electricity generated using solar energy.

Fahad bin Hamad Al Mohannadi, Nebras Power’s chairman, commented: “The potential that renewable energy provides, qualifies it to be one of the basic components of the energy mix in countries that have scares quantities of conventional fuels. While projections indicate that demand for energy will rapidly increase in the coming years, we are confident that renewable energy which environmental friendly will play an important role in satisfying this demand, particularly in countries having rapid growth in energy demand.”

Khalid Jolo, chief executive officer of Nebras Power, added: “We are pleased to inaugurate this project, which is an expansion of our strong partnership with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and a boost of Nebras Power investments here. Nebras Power is proceeding with its commitment to expand its investments in a planned manner with a commitment to remain within the core business of the company. This step comes in line with the long-term strategy to enforce and expand Nebras Power’s international presence by developing a balanced portfolio which includes assets working with different types of fuel including environmental friendly projects”.

Jolo emphasised the importance of the inauguration, outlining that the plant is not only supplying power to the Jordanian grid, “but also emphasising the key role that renewable energy can take, especially solar, in the development of the country”.

Faisal Al-Siddiqi, director of the Business Development Department, said: “The completion of the construction of Shams Ma’an solar power plant underlines the determination of the Kingdom of Jordan to reduce its dependence on conventional fuels, and its orientation to the use of renewable energy, and to move toward low-carbon emission development, and we are in Nebras Power proud to be part of this strategy by Jordan.”

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