Fresh start for Al-Samrah IPP

31 January 2003
The government has taken the first step to filling the gap left by the withdrawal of Belgium's Tractebelfrom the Kherbet al-Samrah scheme, by inviting international developers to express their interest in bidding for the independent power project (IPP). Interested parties have until 3 February to respond to the inquiry, which covers a 300-450-MW IPP. Tractebel withdrew from the project in late November, citing difficulties in the global market (MEED 6:12:02).

The government is planning to proceed with bidding for the IPP on a fast-track basis. The request for proposals is due out in mid-February, while the project agreements are scheduled to be signed before the end of the year.

The government's fast-track schedule underlines the growing urgency for new power capacity to meet an annual growth in electricity demand of 4.5-6.5 per cent. Additional feedstock for the estimated $200 million-300 million plant will become available in 2005, when the Egypt-Jordan gas pipeline is completed.

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