Jordan starts work on big wind power project
Amman, April 30, 2014
Jordan has started the construction of its first large-scale wind power plant at Al Tafilah, which will produce clean electricity at half the cost of the kingdom's conventional power.
The Jordan Wind Project Company (JWPC) broke ground on the 117 MW plant project in the presence of Jordanian Prime Minister Abdallah Ensour and other top officials at key ceremony.
Vestas Mediterranean, a leading global company dedicated exclusively to wind energy in Spain, has been assiged the task of installing the country’s first wind turbines.
The civil works have already begun at the site, and the 38 wind turbines will be directly transported from the port of Aqaba to the project site over the coming months.
JWPC chairman Samer Judeh said Tafilah was the combined result of a four-year co-operation between a team of Jordanian and international experts.
The first turbines will begin to produce electricity as from the first quarter of 2015, and the wind power plant will be fully operational by August 2015, stated Judeh.
The wind power 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 significantly contribute to the region’s development by providing jobs to 150 people during construction and 30 during its operation, he added.
Vestas Mediterranean president Marco Graziano said the company was 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.
“The Tafilah wind power plant is a major step forward in clean energy development, energy self-sufficiency and security of supply for the country,” he stated.
Judeh affirmed the significant positive effect the project will have on the Jordanian energy mix. “At JD85 ($120) per MWh, electricity is priced at less than half the cost of generation from conventional power. The price is fixed for 20 years, ensuring reliable and clean energy for the country," he pointed out.
"The Tafilah wind farm is a major step towards getting Jordan on the global renewable energy roadmap and will serve to demonstrate the region's potential for investments in renewable energy, he added.-TradeArabia News Service