Jordanian firms are gearing up to build the Middle East’s first oil shale fired power plant and also Jordan’s first utility scale wind farm. These are key components in the government’s push for fuel diversity following the drastic reduction of gas imports from Egypt after the Mubarak overthrow of 2011, as the country has been massively reliant on expensive oil imports to fuel its rapidly-growing power demand ever since (see graphs).

The Energy Ministry is studying an electricity tariff proposal from Attarat Power (Apco), a joint venture of Estonia’s Enefit, Malaysia’s YTL Power and Jordan’s Near East Investment, which is developing an oil shale-fired power plant in the Attarat umm Ghudrun region 110km southeast of ‘Amman (MEES, 21 June 2013). (CONTINUED - 543 WORDS)