Jordan seals two electricity generation deals

Levant nation plugs gaps with contracts totalling US $660 million

Jordan is seeking to raise total capacity to 4,000MW by 2020.
Jordan is seeking to raise total capacity to 4,000MW by 2020.

The Jordanian government is finalising contracts with a business consortium and a South Korean company to boost electricity generation in the country to 4,000MW by 2020.

Earlier this week, the state signed a US $445 million deal with the Qatraneh Electric Power Company – a consortium consisting of Korea Electric Power (KEPCO) and Saudi Arabia’s Zenel, according to CEO Young-sil Lee, as cited by the Jordan Times.

The consortium will build the plant in Qatraneh, in the desert south of Amman, on a build-operate-own (BOO) basis over a 25-year period. The facility will have a capacity of 373MW.

The first simple cycle phase of the project will go into operation at the end of November next year while the second combined cycle phase will become operational in August 2011.

Elsewhere, South Korea’s Hanwha said it had been awarded the tender to implement the Samra Simple Cycle Phase III Project for Electricity Generation.

"The project entails setting up two gas turbine stations with a total generating capacity of 285.740 megawatts (MW), which will cover expected future loads, meet increasing demand and support the Kingdom's electrical network," Samra Electric Power Generating Company managing director Amjad Rawashdeh told the Jordan Times.

Upon the completion, the total capacity of the plant is set to be around 900MW, although if converted to the combined cycle, capacity could top 1000MW.



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