Jordan’s Energy & Mineral Resources Ministry is assessing expressions of interest to build renewable power projects in the country.

Applications were submitted as part of a “direct proposals” scheme. Private companies were invited to propose solar, wind and other renewable energy projects for the ministry to consider. Projects could use any technology and within the solar power category, companies have proposed projects using photovoltaic, concentrated solar power and concentrated photovoltaics technology.

Expressions of interest were invited in May. The selected projects will be built as independent power projects (IPPs) under build-own-operate contracts with the private companies owning 100 per cent of the assets.

The following companies have submitted expressions of interest to build solar power projects:

  • Kawar Consortium (Jordan) – Photovoltaic (PV) – 100MW
  • Acwa Power (Saudi Arabia) – PV – 10MW
  • SunEdison Hellas (Greece) – PV – 10-100MW
  • Shamsuna Power Company (Jordan) – PV – 10MW
  • Martifer (Portugal) – PV – 10MW
  • Zouk Solar Opportunities (UK) – PV – 10MW
  • Kinetics (UK), Marquis (US) & Infinite Technologies (Australia) – PV – 10MW
  • JCM Capital (US) – PV – 10MW
  • Millennium Energy Industries (Jordan) – PV – 5MW
  • Meeco Group (Switzerland) & MENA Renewable (Jordan) – PV – 20MW
  • First Solar (US) & Assyce (Spain) – PV – 20MW
  • Sithe Global (US) – PV – 25-50MW
  • Quatron International (Germany) –  PV – 50MW
  • Southern Sun Consortium (US) – PV – 20MW
  • Ennera (Spain) – PV – 5-10MW
  • TSK (Turkey) & Cegco (Jordan) – PV – 20MW
  • Guascor Solar (Spain) – PV – 5MW
  • Clean Energy Concepts (US) – PV – 10MW
  • No Limits Solar (US) – PV – 10-20MW
  • Green heart (US) – PV – 10MW
  • Enviromena Power Systems (UAE) – PV – 10MW
  • Petra Solar (Jordan) – PV – 60MW
  • Scatec Solar (Norway) – PV – 10MW
  • Solar Hybrid (Germany) – PV
  • Soitec Solar (France) – Concentrated Photovoltaics (CPV)
  • AZUR Solar (Germany) – CPV – 10MW or more
  • Korea Western Power Co (South Korea) – CPV – 10MW
  • Bright Power Group (Canada) – CPV – 100MW
  • Greenland Altumhelu Energy Solar (Australia) – CPV – 5-50MW
  • Abengoa Solar (Spain) – Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Tower – 25MW
  • Mitsubishi Corporation (Japan) – CSP – 50-100MW
  • Solar Millennium (Germany) – CSP – 50MW
  • EJRE Projects (Jordan) – CSP – 50-125MW
  • Ayla Green Energy (Jordan) – CSP – 50-150MW
  • Areva Solar (France) & Evolution Solar (US) – CSP – 50MW
  • Gama Energy (Turkey) – CSP – 45MW
  • Catalyst Private Equity Solar (Jordan) – CSP – 50MW

The following companies submitted expressions of interest for wind farms:

  • Preciz (Czech Republic) & NRG Systems (US) – 24MW
  • WindE (Germany)
  • EYRA Internacional (Spain) & Cobra (Spain) – 150MW
  • Mass Energy Group (Jordan) – 150-500MW
  • KOSPO (South Korea) – 48MW
  • Xenel International (Saudi Arabia) & WKN (Germany)
  • China International Water & Electric Corporation (China) – 50MW
  • Talal Abu Ghazaleh (Jordan) & ITAC (Spain) – 100MW
  • Green Watts (Spain) – 83MW
  • HTG Development Group (China) – 100MW
  • Valorem Green (France)
  • Ayla Oasis Wind (Jordan) – 20MW
  • Elsewedy (Egypt) & Terna Energy (Greece) – 50-75MW
  • GDF Suez (France) – 50-70MW
  • Vestas (Denmark) & CCC (UK) – 16-24MW
  • VKL Holding Company (Denmark), Issa Jarad Tarawneh (Jordan), FIZA (India) & E&Y (UK) – 100MW
  • Delenova (US) & Greentech (Denmark) – 45MW
  • Next Gen Power (US) – 40-100MW
  • Gecalsa (Spain) – 40-80MW
  • Simonsfeld (Austria) – 24-48MW
  • Fiza Group (India)
  • Eolus Vind (Sweden)

The following companies submitted expressions of interest for renewable energy projects using other technologies:

  • UMR Renewable Energy (Germany)
  • Global Energy Solutions (Australia) – Waste-to-energy
  • National Poultry Company (Jordan) – Waste-to-biogas
  • Abdel Hadi Investment (Jordan) – Molten salt

Unlike many other countries in the region, Jordan has very little hydrocarbon resources of its own. Therefore, Jordan has an added incentive to pursue renewable power.

Electricity production in Jordan today highly depends on imported energy, namely natural gas and fuel oil. In total, 96 per cent of the energy was imported during 2010. Energy expenditures accounted for 13 per cent of the country’s GDP.

This is set to increase over the long-term. Between 2008 and 2020, annual electricity demand growth is expected to be 5.5 per cent.

Therefore, Jordan has set itself a target of 10 per cent of its power generation mix from renewable energy by 2020. This will be broken down into about 1,200MW of wind power, 600MW of solar power and 30-50MW of waste-to-energy.

According to Ziad Jibril Sabra, director of alternative energy and energy efficiency at the ministry, the direct proposals process for renewable energy projects will be repeated several times, occurring every one to two years. The strategy is designed to maintain the traffic of renewable energy projects and to help meet the country’s green energy target.