Jordan’s Samra Electric Power Generating Company (Sepgco) has extended the deadline for bids to convert the third phase of the Samra power station from simple cycle to combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) technology.

Contractors now have until 15 November to submit bids instead of the earlier deadline of 29 September. There was no prequalification process. All companies that submitted expressions of interest are eligible to bid. The conversion project will add 140MW extra power generating capacity to the project’s third phase, which currently has a capacity of 286MW.

The project will be funded by the Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development (AFESD), the Jordanian government, the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and the Saudi Fund for Development. The expansion of the third phase is expected by the fourth quarter of 2013.

The third phase of Samra power station featuring simple-cycle technology and was built by South Korea’s Hanwha Engineering & Construction. It was commissioned in May.

Two other phases were previously built at the site at Zarqa located around 35 kilometres north of Amman. Both phases, of 300MW each, use CCGT technology.