Jordan’s Energy & Mineral Resources Ministry is reviewing its plans for a wind farm in the north of the country as it considers new locations for the scheme.
The ministry selected a team of the Greek firms Terna Energy and Vector Aeolian Parks, and the local Enara Energy Investments (MEED 26:3:10) to build and run the scheme at Al-Kamshah in March 2009.
However, issues associated with noise levels and land regulations have led the ministry to reconsider the project in its current form.
The project has a 50 per cent chance of going ahead at the proposed site, according to one source close to the development. It may be moved to an alternative location or shelved in favour of new plans, other sources say.
Should the project proceed in its current form, it will produce 30-40MW of electricity with Jordan’s National Electric Power Company buying the output. The Greek/local consortium will run the wind farm on a build-own-operate (BOO) basis under a 20-year concession.
The US’s Charles River Associates International is the financial adviser on the project. The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation had already said that it will provide financing for the project.