Jordan Wind Project Company (JWPC) has connected up the 117MW Tafila wind farm to the Jordanian grid, taking the kingdom’s combined generating capacity to 4.39GW. The wind farm represents Jordan’s first electricity generated from a renewable source and marks a milestone in the country’s move away from a heavy reliance on imported oil and gas to fuel power plants.

JWPC, owned by French investment fund InfraMed (50%), Abu Dhabi renewables firm Masdar (31%) and Cyprus-based EP Global Energy (19%) built the Tafila project at a cost of $287mn. The farm comprises 38 wind turbines, each with a capacity of approximately 3MW, installed by Denmark’s Vestas. They are expected to deliver 400GWh of electricity annually. (CONTINUED - 313 WORDS)