King of Jordan inaugurates power plant
King Abdullah opens a new 370MW power plant in Jordan
His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan has officially inaugurated the $300 million Amman East Power Project, which is set to increase Jordan’s power generation capacity by approximately 15%.
The 370 MW combined cycle power plant was built by AED Jordan PSC, a consortium made up of AED Oasis and Mitsui, which also owns and operates the plant, reported the Jordan Times.
"The plant will help meet the surging demand on electricity in the Kingdom," Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Khaldoun Qteishat told local media.
The Minister added that the financial closure of another independent plant, Al Qatraneh, is on the verge of being announced, and the facility will generate about 370MW.
Jordan currently imports around 96% of its energy needs, accounting for over one fifth of the country’s gross domestic product. The Amman East Power Project will deliver electricity to the National Electric Power Company through a 25 year power purchase agreement.