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Work starts at wind power plant in Jordan

First turbines will start producing power at Al Tafilah in Q1, 2015.

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Wind turbines will soon be seen on the Jordanian landscape.
Wind turbines will soon be seen on the Jordanian landscape.

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Construction work has started at the Al Tafilah development, Jordan's first large-scale wind power plant.

Civil works have already begun, and the 38 wind turbines will be transported from the port of Aqaba to the project site over the coming months.

The first turbines will begin to produce electricity from the first quarter of 2015, and the wind power plant will be fully operational by August 2015.

"Vestas is proud to be part of this milestone project in Jordan, 18 years after pioneering the local industry and installing the country's first wind turbines," said Marco Graziano, president of Vestas Mediterranean.

"The Tafilah wind power plant is a major step forward in clean energy development, energy self-sufficiency and security of supply for the country."

The plant will then be connected directly to the National Electric Power Company grid and provide almost 400 GWh of electricity per year, enough to meet the energy needs of over 150,000 Jordanians.

The Al Tafilah project will also contribute to the region's development by providing jobs to 150 people during construction and 30 during its operation.

Jordan has a number of energy projects underway, designed to reduce its reliance on imported oil and gas.

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