The bidders 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 andon 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 Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources.

Al-Qatrana is Jordan’s second IPP following the 370-MW Al-Manakher plant, which is currently under construction(MEED 22:01:08).