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Jordan launches largest wind power project in ME

The 117MW Tafila wind farm will account for almost ten per cent of Jordan’s renewable energy target for 2020

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King Abdullah II greets senior officials at the launch of Tafila wind farm
King Abdullah II greets senior officials at the launch of Tafila wind farm

Jordan has launched the first utility-scale wind power project in the Middle East to boost the country’s shift to renewable energy sources amid growing demand for power.

Built by the Jordan Wind Project Company (JWPC), the 117MW Tafila wind farm is a joint project of Masdar, InfraMed and EP Global Energy.

His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn al-Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan inaugurated the project on Thursday in the presence of senior officials from Jordan and UAE.

With Jordan’s domestic electricity demands estimated to grow five per cent annually through 2020, the wind farm is critical to the production of new sources of energy to prevent future shortfalls while displacing future greenhouse gas emissions.

Located 183 kilometres south of Jordan’s capital, Amman, the farm is the first wind power project to be developed under Jordan’s 2010 Renewable and Energy Efficiency Law. Its 38 turbines have been fully commissioned and are projected to generate 400 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually.

“The vision of Masdar is to drive innovation and push the boundaries in the advancement of renewables – to improve existing methods or find new solutions that will be more effective,” said Dr Ahmad Belhoul, CEO of Masdar.

“This project is a concrete example of action – providing energy security while offsetting carbon emissions and diesel use.”

Jordan has long relied on fuel imports, especially diesel, to electrify the country’s homes and businesses as the nation lacks sufficient domestic energy supplies.

The Tafila Wind Farm puts Jordan firmly on the renewable energy map and will help diversify the country’s energy portfolio.

It will account for almost ten per cent of Jordan’s renewable energy target for 2020. The 117-megawatt installation, which will provide three per cent of the Kingdom’s total energy needs, will create enough electricity to power 83,000 homes while reducing the country’s emissions by 235,000 tonnes annually.

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