Jordan cranks up Tafileh wind farm
Masdar-backed 117MW project begins supplying electricity to the national grid.
The first utility-scale operational wind farm in Jordan has begun supplying electricity to the national grid.
National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) and Jordan Wind Project Company (JWPC) announced the commencement of commercial operations at the 117MW Tafileh Wind Farm on time, which is backed by Masdar of Abu Dhabi.
Built in the southern governorate of Tafileh, the $287mn project will produce approximately 400GW/hour per year and account for 3% of the country’s total power demand.
The project is composed of 38 wind turbines, each with a rated capacity of approximately 3MW. Each turbine is approximately 150 metres in height, and weighs around 200 tonnes.
JWPC's partners include InfraMed Infrastructure Fund, UAE-based Masdar Power, and EP Global Energy of Cyprus.
The financing was arranged by the International Finance Corporation and the European Investment Bank, while participants in the lender syndicate included the Dutch Development Bank, Europe Arab Bank, and OPEC Fund for International Development, with the Export Credit Agency of Denmark providing a guarantee for a portion of the loans, according to the statement.