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Jordan breaks ground on 52.5MW solar project

Shams Ma'an will be the largest photovoltaic project in the country.

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Construction work is underway on the 52.5MW Shams Ma’an solar photovoltaic project in southern Jordan.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour attended the launch ceremony at the site in the Ma’an Development Area.

The $170mn project will use 681,360 solar panels spread over 2 million m3 to produce 160 GWh/ year, equivalent to 1% of Jordan’s power production.

It will also create around 300-500 jobs during the construction phase and 20-40 other jobs during the operation and maintenance phase.

Construction is scheduled to be complete in mid-2016 and production to begin by September 2016.

Shams Ma’an Power Generation is a joint venture that includes Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp (35%), Nebras Power of Qatar and Jordanian private company Kawar (30%) as major shareholders.

First Solar is the EPC contractor and also has an operation & maintenance contract for the plant which is expected to start commercial operations by the end of July 2016.

Jordan's southern governorate of Ma'an with investments totalling $170mn and targeted electricity output of 52.5 megawatts.

Shams Ma'an Power Generation PSC, the company which will carry the project, launched the construction phase of the electricity generation venture which will use photovoltaic cells.

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