Solar power plant revived

01 March 2002

The Energy & Mineral Resources Ministry has revived plans for an estimated $200 million solar hybrid power plant in southern Jordan, the minister, Mohammed Batayneh, announced following a cabinet meeting on 19 February. Solar Millenniumof Germany was the sole bidder for the contract to build the 100-150-MW power station, after the ministry invited companies to submit technical and financial proposals by a 14 February deadline. 'Usually in these cases we would prefer to have at least two bidders, but the financial aspects of this [bid] seem quite favourable,' Batayneh told MEED on 26 February. 'It is likely we will make a decision within the next few weeks.' A project consultant would be appointed at the same time, he said.

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).

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