The contract, which will be awarded on a build-own-operate (BOO) basis, will involve construction of a plant at Quwairah, 25 kilometres north of Aqaba. The facility will combine solar energy with heavy fuel oil or gas. Jordan is heavily dependent on oil and gas imports for its energy needs, and has been looking closely at developing alternative energy resources. In November, the government invited expressions of interest for the construction of three 25-30-MW wind farms in the north and south of the country (MEED 17:11:01).