Jordan Keeps Up Renewables Momentum With Solar Award & New Tender

Jordan’s Ministry of Energy has awarded Saudi private energy developer Acwa Power a contract to build a 61.3MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at Risha, 360km east of Amman near the border with Iraq.

The Risha solar plant will be built alongside an existing 150MW gas-fired power plant, which is fed from the nearby Risha gas field. The gas-fired plant requires 30mn cfd to operate at full capacity, but output from Risha – Jordan’s only producing gas field – has dwindled to only 12mn cfd in 2015 (see chart).

Hydrocarbons-poor Jordan had development ambitions for the Risha tight gas field, but these were dashed when UK major BP withdrew from the project after spending $240mn on exploration. BP said further development of Risha was unfeasible due to “very poor reservoir quality” ( MEES, 24 January 2014 ). (CONTINUED - 672 WORDS)


table Jordan Electricity Generation Capacity
chart Jordan’s* Dwindling Gas Output (Mn Cfd)
chart Jordan Power Projects Pipeline (Mw)