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Jordan power plant going ahead as planned

Work to begin on second phase of Qatraneh power plant in next ten days

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Jordan currently imports 96% of its energy needs
Jordan currently imports 96% of its energy needs

The Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources will move forward with the second phase of the Qatraneh power plant project within the next 10 days, a senior energy official has told the Jordan Times.

The Jordanian government and an unnamed private sector company will reach financial closure of the second phase of the project by the end of this month, according to Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Khaldoun Qteishat.

The project is part of the ministry’s plan to build power plants that can generate around 300MW annually to meet increasing demand in the country, the paper reported.

It is hoped that 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.

Jordan currently imports 96% of its energy needs, spending one fifith of its gross domestic product in the process.

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