Jordan Pushes Ahead With Oil Shale-Fired Power Plant, Lining Up More Solar

Jordan is exploiting shale with Chinese cash; western funds are key to renewables.

Jordan now has almost 1GW of power generation capacity under development. Most of this is non-conventional, following last month’s securing of $2.1bn of finance – including $1.6bn from Chinese state lenders – for construction of the region’s first oil shale-fired power plant.

Chinese state EPC contractor Guangdong Power this week awarded a subcontract to UK’s Amec Foster Wheeler for two circulating fluidized bed steam generator boilers for the 554MW capacity plant, which will burn crushed oil shale (kerogen).

Estonia’s Eesti Energia is the lead developer of the Attarat Power Company (Apco) joint venture, which is developing the power plant and an adjacent open cast oil shale mine in the uninhabited Attarat umm Ghudrun region 110km southeast of Amman.


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