The Abour Energy JV of Saudi firm Xenel Industries and Dubai’s Amea Power has awarded Denmark’s Vestas an EPC contract for the 52MW Abour wind farm to be built at Tafila, 180km south of Amman. Vestas says the project was awarded in the Ministry of Energy’s first wind power auction, held during 2012-14. The project’s 15 turbines will be delivered in 3Q 2019, with commissioning slated for 1Q 2020. This will be the third wind farm using Vestas turbines at Tafila. The Daehan Wind Power JV of Korea’s Kospo and Daelim recently awarded Vestas an EPC contract for a 49.5MW wind farm, also slated for 1Q 2020 start up, while the Jordan Wind Project Company (JWPC) venture of France’s InfraMed, Abu Dhabi’s Masdar and Cyprus’ Global Energy connected a 117MW wind farm to the grid in October 2015 (MEES, 30 November).

MEES estimates that 8-9% of Jordan’s electricity came from renewable sources in 2018, while the energy ministry has an ambitious target generate 22% from renewables by 2020 (MEES, 30 November). (CONTINUED - 169 WORDS)