The bids were submitted on 29 April.

The groups bidding were the UK’s International Power, Saudi Oger and South Korea’s Hanwha Engineering & Construction; Dubai-based AES Oasis with Japan’s Mitsui & Company; Korea Electric Power Corporation and Saudi Arabia’s Xenel; and Turkey’s Gama Energy with Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation and the local Energy Arabia.

An award is expected by mid-August. The successful bidder will develop the combined-cycle plant with a capacity of 280-400 MW on a build-own-operate basis. It will be fuelled using natural gas, which will be imported from Egypt using the Jordanian Gas Transmission Pipeline. The client is the Energy & Mineral Resources Ministry.

Al-Qatrana is Jordan’s second IPP, following the 370 MW Al-Manakher plant, which is under construction (MEED 22:1:08).