Developers are currently working on submissions for the third round of Jordan’s renewable energy programme.

The client has set a submission date of 1 March for photovoltaic (PV) solar proposals and a bid deadline of 1 November for wind proposals.

MEED reported in May last year that Jordan’s Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources (MEMR) had prequalified groups for the third round of its renewable energy programme.

The client has prequalified 30 groups to participate in the solar PV programme and 14 groups to participate in the wind power tender.

Under the third round, MEMR is planning for the development of 200MW of photovoltaic (PV) solar at a designated site in the Ma’an area, with 100MW of wind power projects to be developed in the southern part of Jordan at a site to be chosen by the developer.

The prequalified developers for the PV solar tender are:

Prequalified developers Prequalified developers
Acciona Energia (Spain)/ Enara Bahrain Neoen (US)/ Catalyst Mena Clean Energy (local)
Acwa Power (Saudi Arabia)/ Chint Solar (China) NSCC International (UAE)/ Isolux Energia (Spain)
Adenium Capital (UAE)/ ET Solutions (Germany)/ Ahmad Yousef al-Tarawneh & Partner (local) Orange Renewable Power (India) / Waaree Energies (India)
Al-Edwan Contracting Company (local)/ Coenergy (Germany) Phelan Energy Group (South Africa)
Diamond Generating Corporation (subsidiary of Mitsubishi) (US/Japan) Power China Resources/ Sinohydro Renewable Energy Company (China)
First Solar (US) Prodiel (Spain)
FRV Solar Holdings (Spain/Saudi Arabia) RAI Energy International (US)/ Jordan Company
Hanwha Energy (South Korea)/ KEPCO (South Korea)/ Arabia Trading & Consulting (local) Scatec Solar (Norway)
Hareon Swiss Holding (Switzerland)/ Spectrum International for Renewable Energy (local) SNC-Lavalin (Canada)
Innnogy (Germany)/ Kawar Investment Company (local)/ Canadian Solar Solarpack Coporacion Technologica (Spain)/ Xenel International (Saudi Arabia)
Engie (France) Tbea Xinjiang Sunoasis (China)
Jinko Solar (China) Total Solar (France)
Marubeni Corporation (Japan) Tozzi Green (Italy)
Masdar (UAE) TSK Electronica (Spain)
Voltalia (France)

For the wind projects the following groups have been prequalified:

Prequalified developers Prequalified developers
Alcazar Energy Partners (local) Acwa Power (Saudi Arabia)
Cobra (Spain)/ Orascom (Egypt)/ FB Group (local) Dongfang Electric Corporation (China)
EPGE (Cyprus)/ Inframed (France) Eesti Energia (Estonia)
Masdar (UAE)/ Green Watts International (local) Korea Southern Power Company (South Korea)/ EMA Power Investment (UAE)
Mass Energy Group (local) Neoen International (US)/ Catalyst Investment Management (US)
Mitsui (Japan) RP Global Austria
Sam Green Power (Australia) Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology (China)

Successful applicants in the third round will enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with MEMR, which will enable them to proceed with measurement campaigns, feasibility studies, technical integration plans for connection into the national grid as well as other relevant preparatory work.

The invited participants will then submit a direct proposal within the required timeframe to MEMR, following which the client will select the best projects to proceed with. Submitted proposals will be ranked according to price, and the bids with the lowest tariffs will be selected as preferred bidders.

Selected developer consortiums will form project companies to operate as independent power producers (IPP) under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Jordanian government offtaker for a period of 20-25 years.

MEMR had invited developers to submit expressions of interest (EOI) for the third round in January 2017, and, in a first for the region’s renewable energy sector, the EOI documents stated that they would be accepting proposals with battery storage.

However, MEMR decided to proceed with a separate electrical storage tender. MEED reported in January that MEMR had prequalified 23 groups to participate in the tender to develop an electrical storage project for renewable energy in the Ma’an Development area of Jordan.

The work will involve the design, financing, construction, commissioning and ownership and maintenance (BOM) of the electrical storage facility.

The electrical storage project will have a power capacity of at least 30MW, with an energy capacity of 60MWh, which will primarily be used for controlling photovoltaic (PV) solar and wind energy. The project will the first phase of electrical storage in Jordan.

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